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Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)

86 FR 48619

ELR Federal Agency Update

86 FR 48545

ELR Federal Agency Update

Phoenix Herpetological Society v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service

ELR Case

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

ELR Case

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...

Center for Biological Diversity v. United States Environmental Protection Agency

ELR Case

A district court denied nonprofit groups' motion for summary judgment in a challenge to EPA's failure to consult with FWS and NMFS before announcing a temporary nonenforcement policy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the policy...

Center for Biological Diversity v. Haaland

ELR Case

In an unpublished opinion, the D.C. Circuit affirmed dismissal of a challenge to FWS' failure to provide notice and comment on its guidelines for creating species status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...

Center for Biological Diversity v. Bernhardt

ELR Case

A district court granted in part and denied in part BLM's and FWS' motion to dismiss a lawsuit over an environmental group's petition to list a rare wildflower species in Nevada as endangered. The group first argued FWS unreasonably...

Sierra Club v. United States Department of Interior

ELR Case

The Fifth Circuit denied a petition to review FWS' issuance of a biological opinion (BiOp) and incidental take statement (ITS) authorizing the harm or harassment of endangered ocelot or jaguarundi in connection with construction and...

Red Wolf Coalition v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service

ELR Case

A district court granted a motion to preliminarily enjoin FWS from implementing its policy barring the release of captive red wolves into a recovery area in North Carolina. Environmental groups argued FWS violated §7(a)(2) of the ESA by...

Friends of Animals v. Sheehan

ELR Case

A district court denied an animal rights group's motion for summary judgment in a challenge to permits and safe harbor agreements (SHAs) issued by FWS for an experiment on nonfederal land to gain data on the relationship between barred...