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November 17, 2023
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service (USFW) has entered into the official record the official listing of the wolverine. We are very interested in conserving wolverines but we don’t believe they warrant listing because:
- Wolverines are doing better now than they were 30 years ago when the serial environmental litigants said the situation was dire.
- Most of the push to list wolverines has come from entities that stand to benefit financially and otherwise from a listing.
- Most people have faith that “listing” by itself with “solve the problem”, but they have not thought about what actions are needed on the ground and whether listing is the most effective way to get them to happen. The entities that want listing cannot tell you anything specific that needs to happen, instead they hide behind vague, stereotyped statements like “stopping logging and trapping” which is enough to deceive most people into believing they know what they are talking about.
- The result of listing will include wasteful, agenda-driven litigation where limited conservation dollars are used in court rather than on the ground. And, the public gets locked out.
- The USFW’s 2013 proposal clearly stated that listing will not give the EPA the power to regulate emissions.
- Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) has proven they know how to recover and maintain wolverines and is already making progress on it. Monitoring is occurring without listing. Connectivity can be better addressed without listing. Restoration efforts would benefit from a pre-listing 10j policy that allows designation as an experimental non-essential population PRIOR to being listed. If the wolverine is listed the result will include wasteful, agency-driven litigation where limited conservation dollars are used in court rather than on the ground.
- Wolverines are a clear example of 21st century conservation challenges, but those challenges can be met more effectively with partners who work outside of the courtroom.
The National Trappers Association would like to invite like minded groups who share our opinion to reach out to us and join us to help oppose this decision.
NATIONAL TRAPPERS ASSOCIATION
429 H STREET
BEDFORD, INDIANA 47421
Phone: 888-680-8727 Fax: 812-277-9672