Feds consider adding wolverines to endangered list
DENVER – Federal officials will study wolverines and how prevalent the weasel-like animal is across the West to decide whether it should be added to the endangered species list.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday that the review will settle a lawsuit by environmental groups that challenged a 2008 decision saying wolverines didn’t need federal protection.
The wolverine’s current range includes California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.
Wolverines were once common in the northern Rockies, but were nearly wiped out by 1930 due to trapping and poisoning by farmers and ranchers. Colorado had its first wild wolverine in 90 years when one roamed from northwest Wyoming into the state last summer.