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Cascadia Wildlands v. Department of Fish and Wildlife

ELR Citation: 49 ELR 20193
Nos. 534, (Or. Ct. App., 11/27/2019)

A state appellate court upheld the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission's 2015 decision to remove the gray wolf from the list of species protected under the Oregon Endangered Species Act (OESA). Environmental groups argued the Commission's conclusion that the wolf species was no longer endangered was flawed because the wolf was nonexistent in the vast majority of its suitable range in Oregon, and that its decision to delist the species was not based on scientifically reliable information. The Commission asserted that the groups' petition was moot because the state legislature enacted a law in 2016 that "ratified" the delisting. The court concluded that the law effectively rendered the groups' challenge moot and dismissed the suit.