Illegal Endangered Species Act Regulation Makes Washington Ranchers a Threatened Species
The Washington Cattlemen’s Association has joined PLF in a lawsuit to challenge the federal government’s regulation that imposes harsh Endangered Species Act restrictions for as many as 150 species that Congress did not intend to automatically be covered — including the Oregon spotted frog and the spotted owl, both species that have greatly impacted ranchers like Kelly Kreps of Kreps Ranch in White Salmon, Washington.
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Petitions to Repeal 50 C.F.R. § 17.31
PLF filed parallel petitions asking the Fish and Wildlife Service and Department of Interior to rescind an illegally-adopted regulation that extends the Endangered Species Act’s “take” prohibition to all threatened species, including those not yet listed. The ESA treats endangered and threatened species differently. The penalties for a “take” of an endangered species results in substantial civil and criminal penalties.Read more
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