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Wildlife (generally)

Western Exploration LLC v. U.S. Department of the Interior

A district court refused to preliminarily enjoin federal land use restrictions intended to protect the greater sage grouse. Mining companies, the state of Nevada, and other plaintiffs filed suit challenging BLM's and the U.S. Forest...

Cascadia Wildlands v. Woodruff

A district court held that USDA's Wildlife Services failed to comply with NEPA with respect to gray wolf management in Washington. The agency entered into a cooperative service agreement with Washington's wildlife agency to help...

Western Exploration LLC v. U.S. Department of the Interior

A district court denied a motion to preliminarily enjoin BLM and the U.S. Forest Service from implementing certain amendments to their resource management plans that were made to better protect the greater sage-grouse and its habitat....

Cascadia Wildlands v. Thrailkill

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court decision denying environmental groups' motion to preliminarily enjoin a forest fire recovery project in the southern Oregon Klamath Mountains. After a fire destroyed approximately 48,000 acres of...

San Diego Cattlemen's Cooperative Ass'n v. Vilsack

A district court dismissed several claims a group of cattle ranchers filed against USDA and DOI concerning actions taken to protect the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse, an endangered species. Following the listing of the species in 2014...

California Sea Urchin Commission v. Bean

A district court upheld FWS' decision to terminate the southern sea otter translocation program off the coast of California. Due to the threatened species' vulnerability to extinction from oil spills, environmental contamination,...

United States v. Citgo Petroleum Corp.

The Fifth Circuit reversed an oil company's convictions for violating the CAA and Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) in connection with its wastewater treatment system at its Corpus Christi refinery. The company was convicted for...

Permian Basin Petroleum Ass'n v. Department of the Interior

A district court vacated an FWS rule listing the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species under the ESA. ESA §4(b) requires FWS to take into account conservation efforts being made by any state before making a listing decision. In...

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals v. United States Department of Agriculture

The D.C. Circuit held that USDA's failure to apply general animal welfare standards to birds does not violate the APA. In 2004, USDA announced that it intended to apply the protections of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) to birds. Although...

Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center v. MacWhorter

The Ninth Circuit reversed a lower court decision dismissing an environmental group's ESA lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service concerning the agency's approval of suction dredge mining projects in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National...