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2019 Endangered Species Act Regulatory Revisions

The U.S. Department of the Interior and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently finalized comprehensive changes in how the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is implemented. These changes address the species listing process,...

The ESA Today: Eco-Pragmatism and State Conservation Efforts

In 2010, FWS found listing the greater sage-grouse under the ESA was “warranted but precluded” by other ESA priorities. In an effort to avoid future listing, one of the largest voluntary conservation efforts was undertaken by state and...

Humane Society v. Jewell: The Court Cries Wolf

In Humane Society of the United States v. Jewell, a federal district court invalidated the Endangered Species Act (ESA) delisting of wolves in the western Great Lakes (WGL) Distinct Population Segment. This decision culminated...

Defenders of Wildlife v. Jewell: Wyoming Wolves Receive a Warranted Reprieve—But for How Long?

In September 2014, a federal district court invalidated a U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) regulation delisting wolves in Wyoming. This Article details the background and history of that litigation, arguing that the court correctly...

Wolf Delisting: Old Wine in New Bottles

The Obama Administration’s effort to divide and delist portions of the Northern Rocky Mountain wolf population was rejected by the Montana federal district court. Congress intervened and enacted a rider on Interior’s 2011 appropriation...

Congressional Wolf Delisting and the Erosion of the Separation-of- Powers Doctrine

The long legal fight over wolf reintroduction in the Northern Rocky Mountains came to a close in 2011, when Congress intervened in the ongoing court case by delisting the wolves through an appropriations bill rider. Though removal of...

Recovering Endangered Species in Difficult Times: Can the ESA Go Beyond Mere Salvage?

Although tomes could be written about delisting trends and the delisting of the gray wolf in particular, the purpose of this Comment is to explore current issues related to
endangered species recovery. Congressional delisting of...

Delisting Wolves: Are the Western Great Lake States Ready?

Editors' Summary: The recent ESA delisting of gray wolves in the Western Great Lakes region has challenged the states in that region to develop wolf management plans to protect the species. Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin are at the...

First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All the . . . Taxonomists?

The beleaguered agency officials who administer the endangered species laws have been inundated with litigation challenging everything from the constitutionality of their statute to the soundness of their biological judgments. But...

First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All the . . . Taxonomists?

The beleaguered agency officials who administer the endangered species laws have been inundated with litigation challenging everything from the constitutionality of their statute to the soundness of their biological judgments. But...