May 3, 2013

PLF files comments on wolverine rule

By Brian T. Hodges Senior Attorney

PLF attorneys filed public comments today urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider its proposal to list a distinct population segment (DPS) of wolverines in the United States as a threatened species.  We argue that the proposed rule, if adopted, would violate the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  The Service’s conclusion that the U.S. wolverine population constitutes a DPS is based on an expansive interpretation of the Service’s listing authority under the ESA—an interpretation that courts have rejected.  Take a look at the comments if you really want to dig in.

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