A new approach to species protection

Laws can worsen the problem they aim to fix. For example, in colonial India, the British government placed a bounty on cobras to rid Delhi of a snake infestation. When entrepreneurs began to breed cobras to cash in on the … Continue reading

PLF appeals sea otter dismissal

PLF has filed its opening brief in the Ninth Circuit challenging the dismissal of a challenge brought by Southern California fishermen against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to violate federal law by terminating protections for them and their fishery guaranteed … Continue reading

PLF comments on caribou downlisting

This week, PLF filed a comment letter on behalf of Bonner County and the Idaho State Snowmobile Association addressing the proposed downlisting of the caribou. The impetus for the Service’s decision was a petition that PLF filed two years ago … Continue reading

Its always endangered species day

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declared today “Endangered Species Day.” The irony of dedicating one day on the calendar to species conservation is that every day is endangered species day if you operate an irrigation project; own a farm, … Continue reading

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