Save Wolverines from Hunting and Trapping


Target: Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell

Goal: Protect the last 300 wolverines in the U.S. from imminent extinction

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service does not consider wolverines to be an endangered species, despite urgings from ecologists and conservationists. Wolverines are a vital part of the Northern American ecosystem, as they scavenge carrion left by larger predators and keep small mammal populations under control. Because wolverines require large habitats with relatively few other wolverines, human expansion has greatly interfered with their ability to live comfortably. Human encroachment into wolverine territory and overhunting has left only an estimated 300 wild wolverines in the U.S.

Conservationists have tried to get the wolverine listed as endangered many times but have been repeatedly denied. The Fish and Wildlife Service has claimed that wolverines are not in significant danger from climate change, but that is not the only threat to the animals. Adding wolverines to the endangered species list would make trapping them illegal, a great step towards increasing the dwindling wolverine population.

By putting wolverines on the endangered species list, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would be recognizing that this animal is an important part of our ecosystem, while protecting its already very small population from dwindling further. Classifying wolverines as endangered will protect them from trapping and poaching, sending the message that these are important, valued animals deserving of our protection. It’s time to take action to save these animals before the last of the estimated 300 die out.


Dear Secretary Jewel,

Despite urgings and the repeated efforts of conservationists and ecologists, the U.S, Fish and Wildlife Service does not yet recognize wolverines as an endangered species. Past campaigns have been met with opposition that claims climate change is not a significant enough factor in wolverine habitat denigration, but that is not the only factor affecting their demise—wolverines are territorial animals that require a lot of space, and human encroachment onto their territory, coupled with trapping, poisoning, and poaching, has caused the wolverine population to dwindle to no more than 300 in the U.S.

In the past, you have worked with conservationist groups like the National Parks Conservation Association, and in 2009 you received an award for your dedication to wildlife conservation. As Secretary of the Interior and thus the overseer of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, you are in a great position to help protect these animals. With an estimated 300 wolverines remaining in the wild, there isn’t much time left—I ask that you use your position to push for classifying these animals as endangered before its too late.


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  1. Doesn’t matter a bit whether or not Wolverines are “in significant danger” or not: no creature should be treated with obvious cruelty and ignored by those responsible for the welfare and preservation of Wildlife.

  2. Dee Ahlquist says:

    No animals need to suffer the cruelty of trapping!
    Seems we need to get them on the endangered species list, and than inforce it!

  3. Michael Guest says:

    This is not the time to be holding back. Like the wolves, the wolverines also need protection. Ban the hunting and trapping now before it’s too late.

  4. Karen Remnant says:

    How few wolverines do we need before they’re considered ‘endangered’? Action is needed NOW!

  5. arrétons le massacre avant qu’il ne soit trop tard ,il faut agir maintenant avant la disparition totale de cet animal espérons que les voix des défenseurs seront entendus et que le sagesse et la réalité l’emportera haut la main.

  6. Over the past century these animals were trapped and hunted close to extinction. I was surprised that there were any left until I found out that in Washington state where I live several have been spotted on wildlife cams. I don’t know about the other states but they will be safe here. So are wolves welcome here since the range rider idea came to be used by ranchers to help keep any wolf away from cattle and sheep. It seems to be working well because since this is being used there have been no losses of livestock, which means no wolves blown away.

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