Tag: Endangered Species Act

State-by-State Regulation of the Gray Wolf is Unsustainable

On February 10, 2022, a federal judge in California struck down a Trump-era rule issued in January 2021 that removed the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act’s (ESA) List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.[1] Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) responded by drafting legislation that would require the Secretary of the Interior to delist the gray wolf in Wyoming and the Western Great Lakes region which includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.[2]

The legislation includes language that bars judicial review of the bill and prohibits the Secretary of the Interior from considering any other statute or regulation that would normally apply to delisting a protected species.[3] This would essentially codify state-by-state regulation of the wolf population in the Western Great Lakes and Wyoming, which would prevent future limitations on state powers over such regulations.

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Wolves Take Centerstage from Courtroom Battles to Climate Crisis

In the early days of January 2021, the gray wolf was officially removed from the Endangered Species Act’s (ESA) List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.[1] By February 2, 2021, the hunter advocacy group, Hunter Nation, had filed a lawsuit in Jefferson County, Wisconsin, against the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) alleging the agency violated state law by failing to schedule a wolf hunt after the delisting of the gray wolf had taken effect.[2] A little more than a week later, the court ruled in favor of Hunter Nation and forced the DNR to hold a wolf hunt by the end of the month.[3] The outcome was devastating.

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Aftereffects of 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Continue to Threaten Gulf of Mexico Marine Life

More than 10 years after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion on the Gulf of Mexico, conservation groups continue to sound the alarm regarding its lasting effects.[i]

The BP-operated rig spilled an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil, killing marine life and damaging the Gulf coast from Louisiana to Florida.[ii] A complaint filed on October 21 by conservation groups alleges that the federal government has violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Administrative Procedure Act (APA).[iii] The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), a federal agency tasked with protecting marine resources, is accused of issuing “an arbitrary and capricious programmatic biological opinion governing federally authorized oil and gas activities.”[iv]

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