"Keep Wolverines Protected, Scientists Urge Interior Department"

"Dozens of the nation’s leading conservation scientists on Thursday expressed strong concern over a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official’s order to override a recommendation by federal biologists that wolverines deserve threatened species status.

In letters to the agency and the Interior Department, the scientists urged the agency to uphold the recommendation that protection for the 300 wolverines in the continental United States is warranted because climate change is shrinking remaining alpine habitat and spring snowpack for building sheltered dens to raise their kits.

USFWS Director Dan Ashe is expected to make a final determination on the matter Monday."

Louis Sahagun reports for the Los Angeles Times July 31, 2014.

Source: LA Times, 08/01/2014