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June 08, 2017

Federal agency admits plan to continue ignoring law

When it comes to following the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seems to think it is immune from the rules. Often we have to twist arms and file lawsuits to force it to formally acknowledge any improvement in the status of species listed as endangered or threatened under the Act. Nevertheless, ...

October 10, 2016

Cats vs. rats in Key Largo

When Pacific Legal Foundation‘s Atlantic Center last visited Key Largo, we learned that a busybody bureaucrat thought he could stop Mother Nature and thousands of years of evolution in the process; that is, a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) employee named Jeremy Dixon believed he could use the awesome power of the federal governmen ...

July 12, 2016

Ninth Circuit strikes a blow for judicial review of administrative agencies

This morning, the Ninth Circuit held that federal agencies cannot escape judicial scrutiny for illegal actions simply because they have violated the law before. In PLF’s sea otter case, we represent fishermen in a challenge to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s recent decision to terminate congressionally mandated protections for them ...

February 25, 2016

Manatee count shows population continues to grow

The manatee population continues to grow in Florida, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission's newest survey results. Each winter, when weather conditions permit, the FWC conducts an aerial survey with a team of observers who fly around the state's warmer waters where manatees typically congregate. Last year, the FWC counted a record- ...

September 02, 2015

PLF sues feds for failure to respond to Kangaroo Rat ESA petition

Last November – on behalf of our clients the Riverside County Farm Bureau and the Center for Environmental Science, Accuracy, and Reliability (CESAR) – PLF submitted a petition asking the United States Fish & Wildlife Service to delist the Stephens' kangaroo rat from protected status under the Endangered Species Act. We based the pe ...

June 26, 2014

PLF Victory: Fish and Wildlife Service announces it will downlist wood stork

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finally announced it is downlisting the wood stork from endangered to threatened status. This comes after years of arm-twisting by PLF and its client, the Florida Homebuilders Association, to get the Fish and Wildlife Service to abide by its statutory duty to review species on the endangered and ...

April 08, 2011

Let's just regulate ourselves into more problems that need regulations

Author:  Anne Hayes Much has been written about the unintended consequences of laws, but another aspect that is not talked about as much is when laws actually lead to the creation of more laws or regulations, or when a law results in greater harm than the law itself was intended to alleviate. Some that come to ...

April 08, 2011

Free the beetle, free taxpayers

Author: Natasha Greer Bob Slobe, president of the North Sacramento Land Company, is unable to develop his land because it would harm the Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle, which is listed as an endangered species. PLF has filed a lawsuit asking that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) be ordered to start the process of ...

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