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Friends of Animals v. United States Bureau of Land Management

A district court denied a nonprofit group's motion to preliminarily enjoin BLM from gathering wild horses inside and adjacent to the Onaqui Mountain Herd Management Area. The group argued BLM's 2018 decision to gather the horses over a...

Revisiting Small Populations in Jeopardy: A Rejoinder to Börk et al.

This Comment responds to a comment by Karrigan Börk et al. published in the September issue that critiqued a biological opinion issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) under §7(a)(2) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that...

Critical Habitat's “Private Land Problem”: Lessons From the Dusky Gopher Frog

The Endangered Species Act provides for the designation as “critical habitat” of habitat deemed “essential” for conservation of listed species. To understand the incentive effects of critical habitat designations, this Article examines...

WildEarth Guardians v. Steele

A district court granted in part and denied in part environmental groups' motion for summary judgment in a challenge to the Forest Service's and FWS' decisions concerning a revised forest plan for the Flathead National Forest. The...

Save the Bull Trout v. Williams

A district court granted summary judgment for FWS in a challenge to the adequacy of its recovery plan for the threatened bull trout. Environmental groups argued the plan failed to include objective and measurable criteria as required...

Center for Biological Diversity v. Bernhardt

A district court denied FWS' motion to dismiss a challenge to its authorization of 12 leopard import permits from hunts expected to occur in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and Zambia. Environmental groups argued FWS' authorization violated the ESA...

Phoenix Herpetological Society v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service

The D.C. Circuit affirmed summary judgment for FWS in a lawsuit concerning its denial of a nonprofit group's permit applications to export four blue iguanas to a Danish zoo and to continue a captive-bred wildlife program at its Arizona...

Center for Biological Diversity v. Haaland

The Ninth Circuit reversed summary judgment for FWS in a challenge to the Service's 2017 decision reversing its 2011 decision that the Pacific walrus qualified for listing under the ESA. An environmental group had argued the Service...

Endangered Species at Sea: Applying the ESA to Maritime Jurisdictions

Although some species fall solely within the jurisdiction of one country, it is common for species to fall outside of one state’s exclusive control. The United States protects endangered species in its territory and in international...

Center for Biological Diversity v. Haaland

In an unpublished opinion, the D.C. Circuit affirmed dismissal of a challenge to FWS' failure to provide notice and comment on its guidelines for creating species status assessments. An environmental group had argued that FWS violated...

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