|Photo of a Wolverine|
Photo Courtesy of Marie Hale
The delayed decision comes during disputes over the soundness of the science that would be used to make the decision. Specific concerns take issue with the impacts of climate change on the wolverines' snow-covered habitat.
The delay corresponds to the trend of western states slowing the process of Endangered Species listing. However, there are fewer than 300 wolverines in the lower 48 states and are located in remote locations from Washington state to Colorado.
For more information about the history and threats facing the wolverine, visit the US FWS website here.