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  Judge Halts Wolverine Trapping Season in Montana Just in Time

Dear Guardian,

A state court—at the prompting of WildEarth Guardians and our partners—issued a temporary ban on trapping of wolverines in Montana on Friday less than 24 hours before the trapping season was set to begin on December 1.

Montana is the only state to allow wolverine trapping in the lower 48, putting the rare species at further risk of extinction.

A Montana District Court judge halted trapping while he considers several conservation organizations’ complaint that trapping endangers Montana’s small, isolated population of wolverines. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service believes wolverine populations are in danger of extinction and will propose that the species be protected under the Endangered Species Act in 2013.

Wolverines are elusive denizens of frozen mountaintops throughout several western states. They are perfectly adapted to their high-elevation habitats and will travel miles and miles atop deep snow and rough terrain using their large crampon-clawed feet in search of food, mates, and a home.

While this ultimate survivalist is more than capable of providing for itself, it has no defense against traps. And now the wolverines in Montana can breathe a sigh of relief, as trapping was a certain source of cruel deaths.

Montana currently allows five wolverines to be trapped and killed each season. For now at least, no wolverines will be trapped.

WildEarth Guardians and our allies are courageously represented by the Western Environmental Law Center in this case.

We hope this victory for wolverines helps them for the generations to come!

For the Wild Ones,


staff photo Wendy Keefover

Wendy Keefover
Carnivore Protection Director
WildEarth Guardians

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In Montana, wolverines are still trapped and killed for their fur, or are caught in traps intended for other species. Trapping can completely eliminate a local population of wolverines. In one instance, trappers killed two pregnant females and four adult males in a region which resulted in the loss of the entire subpopulation.





Read Montana's Independent Record newsarticle "Judge temporarily halts wolverine trapping" December 1 article.


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Watch this beautiful wolverine documentary, "Chasing the Phantom."


Learn more about wolverines on our website.


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