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Schutz v. Thorne

ELR Citation: 35 ELR 20146
Nos. 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.