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Documents Reveal Idaho Wolverine Killed by Illegal Trap

Group Asks State to Prosecute Trapper, Limit Trapping in Wolverine Habitat

VICTOR, Idaho— Documents the Center for Biological Diversity obtained through a public-records request prove the snare that killed an adult female wolverine in Idaho’s Beaverhead Mountains last month did not have a stop, a mechanism required under state law that could have prevented the wolverine’s death. 

Based on this information, the Center sent a letter today calling on the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to prosecute the trapper and limit trapping in crucial wolverine habitat in Idaho. 

“The death of this female wolverine was entirely preventable,” said Andrea Santarsiere, a senior attorney at the Center. “Rather than inform the public of this trapping violation, the Department of Fish and Game tried to bury it. Our state wildlife officials have to enforce their own trapping regulations and stop the needless killings of rare animals.”

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