Montana Federal Court Sides with Conservation Groups over Endangered Species Act Protection of Wolverines

A federal court in Montana decided to restore the wolverine as a candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), giving the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) eighteen months to decide whether wolverines meet ESA listing standards. The court agreed with conservation groups that wolverines require additional protections, pending the FWS’s reconsideration of its 2020 decision not to protect the species as threatened or endangered. Earthjustice represented a coalition of organizations in the lawsuit that include the Center for Biological Diversity, Conservation Northwest, Defenders of Wildlife, Friends of the Clearwater, Idaho Conservation League, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Sierra Club, and Rocky Mountain Wild.