US Fish and Wildlife Service,
I am writing to express my support for the listing of the wolverine as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.
I believe the science and knowledge of this animal provide sufficient evidence that their numbers and their future are increasingly threatened. Now is the time to act, before it is too late.
The wolverine, as a keystone predator, plays a critical role in the ecosystem in which it lives. This role extends well beyond the direct predator/prey relationship, effecting many animals and plants within the natural environment. Studies have shown that the presence of keystone predators is required to maintain biological diversity. Biological diversity is in turn required for ecosystems to sustain themselves through various stresses - seasonality, drought, and climate change. Diversity itself plays an important role in enabling a species to evolve and survive through these stresses. With the accelerating rate of climate change, it is critical that we maintain as much biological diversity as possible. This means strong protection for all keystone predators.
Thus, it is critical for the wolverine, and all of the other species within their ecosystems, that we not let this critical animal slip into extinction. Please provide them the protection that they deserve under the law.
If you would like to comment, send a brief comment letter or email to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (deadline for comments is August 6, 2007; see below for addresses).
Mail your comments to: Wolverine Status Review, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Montana Field Office, 585 Shepard Way, Helena, MT 59601 or by e-mail to FW6_wolverine@fws.gov. Please submit electronic comments in an ASCII format or Microsoft Word file and avoid the use of any special characters or any form of encryption. Please include “Attn: wolverine status review” in the subject line of your e-mail message and provide your name and return address.