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Wildlife (generally)

Utah Native Plant Society v. United States Forest Service

The Tenth Circuit affirmed a judgment dismissing a challenge to a U.S. Forest Service decision allowing Utah's Division of Wildlife Resources to release mountain goats on state lands adjacent to the Manti-La Sal National Forest. A...

Kansas Natural Resource Coalition v. U.S. Department of the Interior

A district court granted FWS' motion to dismiss a challenge brought by an environmental group concerning conservation of the lesser prairie chicken. The group argued that FWS unreasonably delayed submitting to Congress a 2003 policy...

League of Humane Voters of New Jersey v. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

In an unpublished opinion, a state appellate court rejected animal protection groups' challenge to the New Jersey Fish and Game Council's adoption of a black bear management policy that proposed a second annual bear hunt, increased the...

Western Watersheds Project v. USDA Aphis Wildlife Services

A district court granted environmental groups' motion for summary judgment and required USDA's Wildlife Services to conduct a more thorough analysis of the potential impacts of its predator-killing operations before expanding those...

Center for Biological Diversity v. United States Fish & Wildlife Service

A district court held that FWS must comply with a FOIA request for information from its Law Enforcement Management Information System (LEMIS), which, among other things, the agency uses to track species being imported or exported;...

California Sea Urchin Comm'n v. Bean

The Ninth Circuit upheld FWS' decision to end its 1987 sea otter translocation program. FWS created an experimental reserve population of southern sea otters some distance from the main population, but in 2012, FWS deemed the program a...

Alaska Oil & Gas Ass'n v. Ross

The Ninth Circuit held that NOAA did not go beyond its authority when it took climate change into account when considering the ESA status of the Arctic ringed seal. In 2012, NOAA listed the Arctic ringed seal as threatened based on...

Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Idaho

The Ninth Circuit held that portions of Idaho’s Agricultural Security Act violate the First Amendment. The law, enacted after a secretly-filmed expose of operations at an Idaho dairy farm went live on the internet, broadly criminalizes...

Animal Legal Defense Fund v. USDA

The D.C. Circuit held that the USDA did not violate the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) when it renewed the licenses of animal exhibitors the agency knew was in violation of numerous animal welfare requirements. Animal activists brought suit...

Anderson v. McCarthy

A district court, on motions for summary judgment, dismissed a lawsuit against EPA filed by a group of beekeepers, farmers, and organizations concerned about the effect of pesticide-treated seeds on bees and other pollinators. The...

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