Wild for wolverines

Conservation groups plan to sue over Endangered Species Act violation

Concerned about the survival of the United States’ dwindling population of wolverines, a contingent of conservation groups announced its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Defenders of Wildlife, the Center for Biological Diversity and eight other organizations say the federal agency violated the Endangered Species Act when it refused to protect wolverines based on the grounds that Canada is home to a healthy population of the species.

In a press release, DW’s David Gaillard called wolverines as American as the bald eagle, gray wolf and grizzly bear, and lambasted the White House’s decision. “The Bush administration is essentially outsourcing responsibility for our wildlife to other countries,” he said.