Description: Challenge to designation of Gunnison sage-grouse as threatened rather than endangered.
Center for Biological Diversity v. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 04/30/2018 Order Case administratively closed. 01/20/2015 Petition for Review Download Petition for review of agency action filed. 11/20/2014 Notice of Intent to Sue Download Notice of intent to sue submitted to agencies. The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) sent a 60-day notice of its intent to file a lawsuit challenging the decision of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to list the Gunnison sage-grouse as a threatened—rather than endangered—species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The notice, which CBD sent on behalf of itself and the Western Watersheds Project, said the FWS’s decision was based on political pressure and that it violated both the substantive and procedural requirements of the ESA. Among other things, the notice said that the FWS “arbitrarily decided” that climate change was not a real threat to the species.