Tuesday, December 28, 2010
We have filed an opening brief on the merits in our case challenging the Bush Administration's decision to strip the Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse of all Endangered Species Act protection in the Wyoming portion of its range (the subspecies remains protected in Colorado). The partial delisting decision was based on a controversial ESA policy adopted in 2007 and that, contrary to decades of prior practice, has been applied to limit the protection of not only the Preble's, but also wolves and other listed species. On behalf of the Colorado-based Center for Native Ecosystems and other conservation groups, we are seeking to restore full ESA protection for the Preble's, as well as invalidate the underlying policy limiting species protections. The case is pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. For a copy of our brief, click here.