For Immediate Release, November 20, 2023
Kristine Akland, (406) 544-9863, firstname.lastname@example.org
Reward Raised to $11,000 for Information on Montana Wolverine Killing
Missoula, Mont.— The Center for Biological Diversity increased the reward to $11,000 by offering an additional $5,000 for information leading to a successful prosecution in the illegal killing of a wolverine in southwest Montana.
“The senseless killing of one of these incredible, rare mammals is heartbreaking and cowardly,” said Kristine Akland, Northern Rockies director at the Center. “We hope this cash reward encourages someone to step forward with information to bring the perpetrator to justice.”
The wolverine was shot dead and skinned along a closed U.S. Forest Service road on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. Its remains were discovered Nov. 10.
Wolverines are fierce, independent animals. They face significant threats from fossil fuel-driven climate change, which is diminishing the mountain snowpack they rely on for denning and raising their young.
Last year the Center secured a legal victory for wolverines when a Montana District Court determined that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision refusing to list the species under the Endangered Species Act violated federal law. The agency is expected to issue a new listing decision by the end of November.
Killing wolverines is prohibited under both federal and state law and can result in criminal and civil penalties.
Anyone with information about the wolverine killing should contact Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks at https://myfwp.mt.gov/fwpPub/tipmont or 1-800-TIP-MONT.
The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.7 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.