Target: Dan Ashe, Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: Add the wolverine to the nation’s list of endangered species.
Only 300 wolverines remain in the wild of the American west. Most of them reside in one state, Montana. Wolverines thrive best in the snow. However, due to the effects of global warming and climate change, there is less snow, which puts the animals at risk due to habitat loss. Wolverines travel in small populations, usually about 10 animals strong. They then travel from habitat to habitat and breed to form “metapopulations.” Without snow-covered, suitable habitats, they cannot travel and repopulate.
In 2013, the Fish and Wildlife Service granted protections to the animal. However, those protections were short-lived. Debate over climate change and its direct impact on the animal led to the protections being revoked. A lawsuit enacted by several conservationist groups has led the Fish and Wildlife Service to once again open the fate of the wolverine up for public discussion. Sign the petition to voice your own opinion and ask the Fish and Wildlife Service to add the wild animal to the endangered species list so that it can be protected for generations to come.
Dear Mr. Ashe,
The Fish and Wildlife Service is currently allowing the public to comment on whether or not the wild wolverine, which resides primarily in the American west, should be added to the nation’s growing list of endangered species.
With only 300 of these animals left and global warming destroying the snow-covered habitat on which they depend, the wolverine faces great danger. They were at one time nearly added to the list of endangered species, but such a plan was reversed. I ask that the animal be given another chance at being protected.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: National Park Service