350 Wolverine

The Dark Fantastic: Literature, Philosophy, and Digital Arts

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today denied protections for the rare wolverine under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), potentially jeopardizing the species’ long-term survival in the lower-48 states. Although the Service proposed to list wolverines as “threatened” in 2013 citing a primary threat of reduced habitat and range from climate change, the agency today said wolverines do not warrant a listing due to uncertainty about the effects of climate change on the animals, a claim disputed by conservation groups.

Gulo gulo, glutton, carcajou, skunk bear, and quickhatch:
your names move out and back, solitary letters speaking
you into time’s lost rivers. The Norse knew you
as jarfr – “a little wolf”; the Swede’s thought you
a mountain cat – fjellfräs, a hinge of teeth, glutton
that you were and are, and now your mountains
draw back, slip under weather that is changing
drastically, globally; yet, in the good…

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