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Reminder: Watch Stossel cover PLF win over ESA prairie dog regs

Sacramento, CA; December 4, 2014:Tonight’s installment of “Stossel with John Stossel” on Fox Business Network will highlight Pacific Legal Foundation’s landmark court victory over the federal Endangered Species Act regulations for the Utah prairie dog — the first time a federal court has held ESA regulations invalid under the Constitution’s Commerce Clause.

The program was originally set for broadcast in November, but was rescheduled for tonight — Thursday, December 4, 2014.

PLF represents People for the Ethical Treatment of Property Owners (PETPO), a broad coalition of residents of Cedar City, Utah, who have been blocked by ESA regulations from protecting their property from Utah prairie dogs and the damage they cause. Recently, U.S. District Court Judge Dee Benson sided with PLF’s lawsuit and held that the federal government may not bar property owners from trying to control the Utah prairie dog population on their own land. This is because the Utah prairie dog does not affect interstate commerce, so it does not fall within federal regulatory jurisdiction under the Commerce Clause.

The Stossel episode will feature PLF Staff Attorney Jonathan Wood, along with Bruce Hughes, a PETPO member. Hughes has been unable to develop a small parcel he bought as a retirement investment, because prairie dogs moved onto the land.

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