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Alliance for the Wild Rockies v. Lyder

ELR Citation: 40 ELR 20206
Nos. No. CV 09-73-M-DWM, (D. Mont., 07/28/2010)

A district court held that the FWS' revised designation of critical habitat for the contiguous U.S. distinct population segment of the Canada lynx violated the ESA. The designation identified approximately 39,000 square miles of habitat in Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and Washington and consists solely of geographic areas occupied by lynx with the necessary physical and biological features essential to its conservation. But the FWS failed to determine whether areas occupied by lynx in Colorado possess the physical or biological features essential to the conservation of the species. It also improperly and arbitrarily excluded areas occupied by lynx in Idaho and Montana when it considered the absence of reproductive proof but did not consider the actual physical and biological features of the areas.