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

PLF prompts Fish and Wildlife Service to downlist arroyo toad

Tomorrow the United States Fish and Wildlife Service will announce that it intends to reclassify the Arroyo Toad from endangered down to threatened, since the factors that originally led to listing this amphibian under the Endangered Species Act have abated … Continue reading

PLF files comment on regulation of privately-owned animals under the ESA

This week, PLF filed a comment on a USFWS proposal to remove an exemption for captive orcas from regulation under the ESA. You may recall that this began with a PETA petition to list Lolita, an orca who … Continue reading

PLF files suit over caribou petition, the sequel

PLF attorneys, once again, filed a federal lawsuit in Idaho today because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to properly respond to a petition that asks the agency to remove the Southern Selkirk Mountain Caribou Population from the endangered species … Continue reading

Sea otter case dismissed

This week, a federal district court judge dismissed a challenge brought by fishermen to federal bureaucrats’ decision to illegally expose them to criminal prosecution for continuing to pursue their occupation.The court accepted the government’s argument that, despite the fact that the … Continue reading

PLF notches another ESA delisting

Today, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it will finally propose to remove two plant species from the Endangered Species Act’s protections, 20 years after originally determining that the Eureka Valley dunegrass and Eureka Valley evening primrose … Continue reading

Prodded by PLF lawsuit, feds finally propose delisting Modoc Sucker

Today the Klamath Falls office of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service announced that is proposing to remove the tiny Modoc sucker from the list of endangered species, touting the delisting as a successful recovery of imperiled wildlife under … Continue reading

Can Fido be regulated under the Endangered Species Act?

Last week, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced its intention to grant a petition to regulate Lolita — an orca whale that has lived at Miami’s Seaquarium for more than 40 years — under the Endangered Species Act. As PLF’s … Continue reading

PLF asks court to rule on the constitutionality of Utah prairie dog regulation

Yesterday, PLF filed a motion for summary judgment on behalf of our clients, People for the Ethical Treatment of Property Owners (PETPO), in their case challenging federal regulation of the Utah prairie dog. As our motion explains, Congress, and the federal … Continue reading

A history of ignoring the law is no defense

Yesterday PLF filed a brief opposing the government’s motion to dismiss a challenge to the termination of protections for southern California fishermen from prosecution as sea otters expand into their fishery. As readers will recall, the case arose because the U.S. … Continue reading