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Wolverines Need ‘Refrigerators’ and May Not Survive a Warming Climate

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In a study scheduled to appear in the Journal of Mammalogy and previewed in USA Today, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) scientists examined reproductive data from 1955 to 2011 and data about the food resources wolverines kept in their caches.

They discovered that female wolverines bore their young in dens near their food caches. Robert Inman, with WCS’s wolverine program, told USA Today the harsh, snowy zones needed for wolverines to survive would be affected by a warming climate.

Female wolverines bear their young in dens near their food caches. If a protective snow cover is no longer available to preserve their meat, the already small population will dwindle further.

With the entire wolverine population in the Lower 48 states estimated at between 250 and 300, warmer winters may edge them into extinction. Without the “refrigeration zones” the scientists believe they need, wolverines face starvation.

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3:22AM PST on Dec 27, 2012

If you think global warming is the only thing that can destroy the arctic, watch this. It's an icebreaker taking people to....wait for it.... The North Pole! They first went to the North Pole in a icebreaker in 1977, arctic icebreaker tourism started in 1989 and costs 25,000 US dollars each.

http://www.fastcompany.com/1665032/icebreakers-smash-frozen-arctic-ocean-surprising-ways

8:09PM PST on Nov 25, 2012

It's time the people who still argue against climate change accepted it and helped towards averting catastrophes.

7:33PM PST on Nov 25, 2012

This is really tragic, and I do not want to think more precious species will be lost to extinction because of climate change. For goodness sake, we cannot be so arrogant and ignorant to think that the survival of other species do not matter!

6:39PM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

We won't either if severe measures are not immediately taken to reverse climate change

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4:16PM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Yes, the survival of this species is important, as well as all other creatures on this planet.

1:31PM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

I am being to think that those who oppose environmental restrictions are winning out and the animals and humans are going to pay the price.

10:48AM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

Please folks let us do what we can to save this amazing creature. Let not another species leave our planet, it is not only our loss but the loss of generations to come.

6:41PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

We're going to lose a lot of species of animals due to global warming if something doesn't change. EVERYONE has to try harder.

5:53PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

Very sad and I hope something can be done about saving them.

4:26PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

Poor wolverines!

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