Save the Wolverine!
  • Petitioned U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Save the Wolverine!

    1. Robert Voakes
    2. Petition by

      Robert Voakes

      Novi, MI

Wolverines seem to be everywhere these days with the University of Michigan Wolverines making it to the NCAA basketball finals and the new X-men movie, The Wolverine, coming out this summer. But in the wild, real wolverines are harder to find, and with fewer than 300 left in the US, they're in danger of disappearing from our landscape forever.

As an environmental educator, I help kids connect animals they know through pop culture and team mascots to what those animals are really like in nature. Like the Wolverine character and the Michigan basketball team, wolverines are fierce and fearless animals. As scavengers and predators, they're an important part of the ecosystem. But they can't protect themselves against climate change. The world's changing temperatures mean that by the end of this century, wolverines in the U.S. will lose two-thirds the snow-covered habitat they need to raise their young.

The good news is that wolverines are being considered right now for the endangered species list. In fact, they're one of 97 backlogged species that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is required by a court order to make a decision on this year. Endangered species listing will protect wolverines from threats like trapping and will give them a chance to move into habitats where they have a chance at survival. 

I worry that one day I'll have to tell students that real wolverines no longer exist in the wild. This is our chance to make sure that doesn't happen. We have until May 6th, 2013 to submit a comment letting USFWS know that real wolverines are in trouble and need endangered species list protections.

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 40,000 signatures
    2. 25 groups call for protecting wolverines

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      25 groups call for protecting wolverines - Outdoors blog - The Spokesman-Review

      WILDLIFE -- The Lands Council based in Spokane joined 24 other environmental groups today in calling for the federal government to protect wolverines under provisions of the Endangered Species Act. In February, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to list the wolverine as a “threatened” species under the ESA ...

    3. Reached 30,000 signatures
    4. Proposal to list wolverines managed by University of Michigan grad

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Bridget Fahey, University of Michigan alum, is the endangered species chief in the USFWS for the mountain prairie region. She recently project managed a proposal to classify the North American wolverine as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. The classification would offer protection and intervention to this largest terrestrial member of the family Mustelidae.

      "As a biologist, I find the wolverine to be an inspiring species in a lot of ways," Fahey says. "It has a reputation for being fierce and tenacious, and it has already made a remarkable comeback since nearly going extinct in the early 1900s. I can't say whether my love of the wolverine predates my time at Michigan, but I definitely have an interest in the species, which probably could be attributed to Michigan."
      http://michigantoday.umich.edu/story.php?id=8590#.UW2Leb8f-Xx

    5. Reached 1,000 signatures

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    • Roxy Vasquez LANCASTER, CA
      • 2 months ago

      A wild animal is a very serious issue because there are not many of them, we need to preserve their existence as we share this earth with them

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    • shannon williams ROCKMART, GA
      • 2 months ago

      wolverines are cool and they are impotent to the ecosystem !!

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    • Julia Walters CALEDONIA, MI
      • 3 months ago

      Save the wolverines!!!!!!!

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    • Mark Scopel FORD CLIFF, PA
      • 3 months ago

      We must save the Wolverines!

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    • Jordan Kelley LAS VEGAS, NV
      • 3 months ago

      Wolverines have always been a part of our landscape and are a vital part of the food chain, we can't let this important species fade away into memory.

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