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Enviro-Mich message from "Harris, Craig" <Craig.Harris@ssc.msu.edu>

perhaps alumni of the institution in ann arbor could contribute to a fund
for this proposed project concerning the largest land species of the weasel

craig k harris
department of sociology
center for integrated plant systems
michigan state university
429b berkey hall
east lansing  michigan  48824-1111
tel:  517-355-5048
fax:  517-432-2856

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    DENVER, Colorado, August 30, 2000 (ENS) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife
    Service (USFWS) says it has neither the money nor the manpower to
    consider a petition by the Biodiversity Legal Foundation to list the
    wolverine as a threatened or endangered species. The wolverine is the
    largest land species of the weasel family, and adults can weigh over
    50 pounds. Wolverines are found in northern forests that receive
    winter snow cover. Their range extends from Alaska and northern Canada
    south through the Cascades and Sierra Nevada Mountains of California.
    On August 15, the USFWS said it cannot begin a study of whether the
    wolverine warrants listing until funds and staff become available.

    The federal Endangered Species Act allows citizens to petition the
    USFWS to make administrative findings as to whether a species should
    be listed. A preliminary finding is to be made in 90 days "to the
    maximum extent practicable." USFWS funding for listing activities is
    limited by congressional appropriations, which forces the agency to
    assign priorities to its listing workload. Administrative petitions
    are given a low priority, unless the USFWS determines that the
    petition provides justification for emergency action to protect a
    species. A similar petition to list the wolverine was filed by the
    Biodiversity Legal Foundation in 1994. In 1995 the USFWS concluded
    that the petition did not contain substantial information to warrant a
    status review of the species. The USFWS Mountains and Prairie Region,
    headquartered in Denver, has not started work on any new petition
    findings since August 1998. Other species petitions that have been
    received by the Region and are waiting for available funds include
    Yellowstone cutthroat trout, the bison herd in Yellowstone National
    Park, Colorado River cutthroat trout, and the Gunnison sage grouse.
    More information is available at:

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