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Neighbors Against Bison Slaughter v. National Park Service

A district court denied a neighborhood group's request to temporarily block bison hunting near Yellowstone National Park. The group argued that NPS and USDA violated NEPA when they authorized an annual bison hunt at a location on the...

Friends of Animals v. Ross

A district court vacated NMFS' 2014 decision not to list the queen conch, a marine mollusk that inhabits the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, as endangered or threatened under the ESA. Environmental groups argued the decision should be...

Natural Resources Defense Council v. U.S. Department of the Interior

A district court granted in part and denied in part DOI's motion to dismiss a challenge to its 2017 interpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act that permitted the "incidental" taking of migratory birds. Environmental groups and...

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...

Dirty Money and Wildlife Trafficking: Using the Money Laundering Control Act to Prosecute Illegal Wildlife Trade

The global community is awakening to the extent and sophistication of the illegal wildlife trade. With an estimated annual value of $5 billion to $23 billion, the seriousness of the problem increases when calculated with other illicit...

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In an unpublished opinion, a state appellate court rejected animal protection groups' challenge to the New Jersey Fish and Game Council's adoption of a black bear management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

A Pendulum Seldom Stops in the Middle: Shifting Views on “Take” of Raptors and Other Migratory Birds

This Comment provides background on the evolution of the expanded reach of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) take prohibition as interpreted in multiple FWS policies, and the contradictions inherent in those policies. To illustrate...

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;...

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