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Judge Rules Feds Improperly Refused to Protect Wolverines (Press Release 4/4/16)

Orders Reconsideration of Safeguards for Species Imperiled by Climate Change

Today, the federal district court for Montana rejected a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) to deny protections for wolverines in the contiguous U.S. The court ruled the Service improperly ignored science and violated the Endangered Species Act. A broad coalition of conservation organizations challenged the Service’s refusal to protect imperiled wolverines by listing them under the ESA.

Court Approves Settlement to Save Imperiled Lynx from Trapping (Press Release 9/23/15)

New Regulations in Lynx Habitat Will Protect Montana’s Rare Cats

Yesterday, the federal district court of Montana approved a settlement agreement reached between the State of Montana and conservation groups aimed at protecting threatened Canada lynx from trapping. The case is now dismissed in accordance with the agreement, which requires Montana to implement a set of reasonable restrictions on trapping in lynx habitat. The agreement also keeps the wolverine trapping season closed in Montana. The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the settlement’s new regulations in July but the agreement required approval by the court.

Major U.S. Forest Service project in southern Colorado challenged (News 5/4/15)

The U.S. Forest Service has been sued over a massive forest project that southern Colorado water managers had hoped would help ensure water quality for the region.

The Forest Service has been developing the project since 2012 in an attempt to stymie invasive insect outbreaks and protect a crucial southern Colorado watershed from wildfire danger.

Nonprofit Sees Threat to Lynx in Fed Project (News 4/27/15)


A federal vegetation management project on more than 10,000 acres of Colorado's San Isabel National Forest would harm the region's already endangered lynx population, greens claim in a lawsuit.

The complaint filed by WildEarth Guardians seeks to stop a 10-year vegetation treatment plan, dubbed the Tennessee Creek Project, that would mostly take place in the Leadville Ranger District of the national forest.    

Suit Filed to Protect Lynx Denning Habitat in Pike-San Isabel National Forest (Press Release 4/27/15)

Guardians Calls on Court to Halt Illegal Logging from Tennessee Pass to Halfmoon Creek

DENVER — Out of concern that heavy logging would ruin landscapes spanning from the beloved and heavily recreated Tennessee Pass to Halfmoon Creek, conservationists filed suit late last week against the U.S. Forest Service to halt its “Tennessee Creek Project.” For WildEarth Guardians, represented by the Western Environmental Law Center, destruction of lynx denning habitat is a key issue. Lynx are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and should be protected by logging prohibitions built into each national forest management plan. 

Judge invalidates 'take' permits for California logging plan (Associated Press 4/6/15)


Wildlife officials were wrong to grant a company permission to harm threatened species in California while logging private land, a federal judge ruled.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins invalidated incidental take permits for the northern spotted owl and a population of coho salmon that federal officials granted to Fruit Growers Supply Co. The permits applied to more than 150,000 acres of company land in Siskiyou County.

California Salmon and Wildlife Win Court Protection from Old-Growth Logging (Press Release 4/6/15)


A federal court halted a logging plan in Northern California that would have harmed old-growth forests and federally protected fish and wildlife species.

Feds Refuse to Share Information to Protect Rare Wildlife (press release 10.31.14)

Conservationists File Lawsuit to Force Agency Transparency

Today, Western Law Environmental Center and WildEarth Guardians filed a lawsuit in Washington, D.C’s federal district court after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to respond to two different Freedom of Information Act requests in violation of federal law.

Hunters and Conservationists Join Forces to Protect Imperiled Wolverines (press release 10.20.14)

Suit Challenges Feds’ Failure to Protect Rare Carnivore from Extinction

Today, a unique coalition of conservationists, animal welfare activists, hunters, anglers, and an ecologist sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) in U.S. District Court of Montana for refusing to protect rare wolverines from extinction under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Fewer than 300 wolverines remain in the contiguous United States.

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