Tuesday, May 18, 2010

D.C. Circuit Grants Motion To Dismiss Hunters’ Appeal Of Antelope Decision

Earlier today, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals granted our motion to dismiss an appeal by the Exotic Wildlife Association challenging a decision issued last year by Judge Henry Kennedy of the U.S. District Court for D.C. that held unlawful a Fish and Wildlife Service regulation that allowed the “canned hunting” of captive members of three antelope species that are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.  We represented a coalition of conservation and animal protection groups and individuals in the challenge to the rule, and successfully argued that the rule violated the requirements of Section 10 of the ESA.     

Monday, May 17, 2010

ESA Notice Letter Sent Regarding The Proposed Highland Wind Project

Last Friday, a coalition of conservation organizations and concerned citizens sent a notice letter to Highland New Wind Development and the Highland County Board of Supervisors notifying both entities that the construction and operation of the proposed wind project in Highland County, Virginia is virtually certain to kill and/or injure federally endangered Indiana bats and Virginia big-eared bats in the absence of an incidental take permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Article Published on Hunting on National Park Service Lands

The current issue of the New York University Environmental Law Journal features a note by Jessica Almy, an associate at Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal, entitled “Taking Aim at Hunting on National Park Service Lands.”  18 N.Y.U. Envtl. L.J. 184 (2010).  The article, authored while Jessica was a law student, argues that hunting is contrary to the National Park Service’s conservation mandate and thus should only be allowed where the activity is authorized by Congress and will not result in the impairment of wildlife or natural resources.  The note is available online from the NYU Environmental Law Journal.