Colorado wise to make pre-emptive move on wolverines

Posted: Dec 28, 2010

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The Denver Post

Earlier this month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service signaled it would one day add the animal to those protected by the Endangered Species Act. The agency says the wolverine, like the polar bear, already warrants protection due to climate change, but the feds say a warming climate doesn't yet pose an imminent threat to the wolverine.

Should the animal be reintroduced and designated as protected, Fish and Wildlife would be required to ensure maximum protection of its habitat — and nearly all ski terrain in Colorado is on leased federal land.

Fear of government oversight of potential wolverine habitat extends beyond the slopes to the high country's lush meadows where federal lands are leased to ranchers.

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