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Schutz v. Thorne

Citation: 35 ELR 20146
No. No. 03-8051, (10th Cir., 07/12/2005)

The court dismissed a Florida resident's claims that three Wyoming statutes unconstitutionally limit hunting opportunities for nonresidents. The individual lacks standing to challenge the "guide statute" that creates two classes of hunters--resident and nonresident--for wilderness hunting because he failed to demonstrate a cognizable injury-in-fact. And the "fee statute," which assesses much higher hunting license fees on out-of-state residents, and the "quota statute," which reserves to Wyoming residents a majority of the available licenses for exotic game, are rationally related to a number of legitimate ends and, therefore, do not violate the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause.