AP: Idaho, Other Western States Applaud Wolverine's Removal From Federal Protections List

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Wolverines are tough animals, but environmental groups are saying they're not tough enough to withstand the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to withdraw endangered species protections that had previously applied to the feisty woodland mammal, the Associated Press reports.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service revoked the protections last month, and state wildlife directors in Idaho, Wyoming and Montana applauded the agency's decision in letters to major newspapers this week, saying that wolverine populations are on the rise. 

Wildlife advocates have said that they'll sue the government for revoking the protections, arguing that diminishing snowpacks in mountain areas are driving the animal to extinction.

Currently there are between 250 and 300 wolverines in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming and Montana. Only Montana allows trapping of the animals.