Reward now up to $11,000 for information on southwest Montana wolverine killing

The Center for Biological Diversity said Monday that it has helped increase 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,” Kristine Akland, Northern Rockies director at the Center, said in a news release. “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, the release said. Its remains were discovered Nov. 10.

Wolverines face significant threats from fossil fuel-driven climate change, such as diminishing the mountain snowpack they rely on for denning and raising their young.

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Last year, 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

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