(The Center Square) – Montana plans on suing the federal government over its recent decision to list wolverines as a threatened species.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks on Friday filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after the agency in November moved to list wolverines in the contiguous U.S. as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
USFWS Pacific Regional Director Hugh Morrison said in November that climate change combined with poor and splintering habitats are “imperiling the North American wolverine.” “Based on the best available science, this listing determination will help to stem the long-term impact and enhance the viability of wolverines in the contiguous United States,” Morrison said in a press release.
Montana FWP argues in its notice of intent that wolverines don’t meet the ESA’s definition of threatened or endangered and “and are not warranted for listing.”
“The Service’s final rule