Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Wolverine Woes

That famous mustelidophile, W.C. Fields, once complained that "Some weasel took the cork out of my lunch."  Lovers of liquid lunches need lie awake no longer, for the largest of the weasels - the wolverine (Gulo gulo) - may be headed into oblivion in the lower 48 United States.  So dire is the plight of the "glutton" that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service proposed, on February 1, 2013, to list the wolverine as "Threatened" under the Endangered Species Act.  Without effective conservation measures, the wolverine may become an ex species known only as one of the X-Men.