Wolverines Threatened By Climate Change

Meritte Dahl

Wolverines could soon be added to the list of endangered species, according to the New York Times.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today a proposal to protect for wolverine in the lower 48 states, under the Endangered Species Act.

The Associated Press reports the wolverine's habitat is threatened by climate change.

The wolverine, nicknamed "mountain devil," lives in snowpack habitats in high mountains that are cold year-round, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The government says that the wolverine will lose parts of its habitat as temperatures rise, according to the Associated Press.

The Associated Press reports approximately 250-300 wolverines live in the contiguous U.S., mainly in the Northern Rockies of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Washington, with larger populations in Alaska and Canada.

This proposal has been denied twice under the Bush administration and under the Obama administration in 2010, according to the Associated Press.