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Wolverine population in the Arctic

Year: 2010 Author: Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
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Wolverines occur in various distinct populations across the circumpolar region, ranging from Fennoscandia and the Russian Federation, Mongolia and China, through to Alaska, Canada, and some of the northernmost states of the USA. Habitat loss and fragmentation, small population size and low genetic diversity, harvesting, illegal poaching, and reductions in wolverines’ prey base all contribute to overall global declines in wolverine populations. The wolverine is classed as a species of Least Concern on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. However, more data on population trends, especially in North Asia, may result in this species being re-assessed as Vulnerable in the near future.
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