Description: Lawsuit to compel a final listing determination on the distinct population segment of the North American wolverine.
Center for Biological Diversity v. Bernhardt
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 03/18/2020 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Plaintiffs Challenged Fish and Wildlife Service’s Failure to Take Final Action on Wolverine After 2016 Court Decision. A lawsuit filed in the federal district court for the District of Montana asked the court to issue a final listing determination on the distinct population segment (DPS) of the North American wolverine. In 2016, the court found that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) had erred by dismissing the threats of climate change and small population size when it withdrew a proposal to list the wolverine DPS in the lower 48 states as threatened. The plaintiffs asserted that by failing to take final action since the court’s 2016 decision, the FWS had violated the Endangered Species Act statutory deadlines.