FWS dismisses state and local protections of gopher as too flexible

Yesterday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed four subspecies of Mazama pocket gopher as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. As PLF explained in a comment letter last year, this listing is inappropriate and unnecessary because it doesn’t recognize the … Continue reading

Knee-jerk reaction to endangered species legislation

It’s amazing how predictable the “green lobby” is.  One can predict with absolute certainty that when conservative lawmakers propose legislative changes to the Endangered Species Act, no matter how benign, they will be met with the tired old accusation that … Continue reading

Service proposes to delist California bird as a result of PLF litigation

On Monday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to remove the Inyo California towhee from the federal endangered species list.  The towhee—a small desert bird—will soon have the distinction of being numbered among the few species that have been … Continue reading

Government celebrates ESA’s 40th birthday by gifting west coast to green sturgeon

The federal government recently designated virtually the entire West Coast of the United States as critical habitat for a marine species known as the green sturgeon, including 1,421-square miles of coastal marine areas, 897-square miles of estuaries, and hundreds of … Continue reading

Some history lessons have to be constantly relearned

Last night, I spoke at an Americans for Prosperity event on the delisting of the gray wolf and announcing the upcoming release of a documentary on the human impacts of gray wolf expansion. Here’s the trailer for the film: [youtube] … Continue reading

PLF challenges bureaucrats’ decision to ignore Congress on Sea otter, eliminate protections for Southern California fisheries

Today, PLF filed a challenge to the Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to terminate Congressionally mandated protections for the Southern California marine ecosystem and fishing industries. As part of a compromise between conservationists, the Service, and the local fishing industry, Congress … Continue reading