Feds: Global warming endangers …. Wolverines!
posted at 9:30 am on February 1, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
I’m pretty sure this will be the plot line of the next remake of Red Dawn. Come on, it can’t be any more ridiculous than an invasion by North Korea, right?
The tenacious wolverine, a snow-loving carnivore sometimes called the “mountain devil,” is being added to the list of species threatened by climate change — a dubious distinction that puts it in the ranks of the polar bear and several other animals that could see their habitats shrink drastically due to warming temperatures.
Federal wildlife officials on Friday will propose Endangered Species Act protections for the wolverine in the lower 48 states, a step twice denied under the Bush administration.
The Associated Press obtained details of the government’s long-awaited ruling on the rare and elusive animal in advance of Friday’s announcement.
There are only 250 to 300 wolverines in the contiguous U.S., clustered into small, isolated groups primarily in the Northern Rockies of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Washington. Larger populations persist in Alaska and Canada.
Maxing out at 40 pounds and tough enough to stand up to grizzly bears, the animals will be no match for anticipated declines in deep mountain snows that female wolverines need to establish dens and raise their young, scientists said.
Can’t you see it? The climate-change deniers head to the hills, sneak back in town on a hot afternoon for supplies and information, while the UN keeps their parents and friends prisoner with hockey sticks. They meet up with their father, who says, “Now you know why I was so tough on you … making you shovel the driveway by hand rather than buy a snowblower.” As they walk off, the father yells, “Cool me, boys! COOL ME!”
You have to go quite a way into the actual article, though, to find out why the wolverines are down to the low hundreds. It’s not from global warming; it’s from trapping, and that only takes place in Montana now. Most of that damage took place before the 1930s, and they’re actually slowly rebounding everywhere but Montana.