Description: Challenge to failure to list the American pika as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
Center for Biological Diversity v. Kempthorne
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 02/12/2009 Settlement Agreement Settlement filed. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to consider whether to list the American pika as a protected species under the federal Endangered Species Act. FWS said it would make its assessment by May 2009. 08/19/2008 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Conservation group sought protection for the American pika, a small member of the rabbit family, under the federal Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit against the Fish and Wildlife Service alleged that the federal agency did not issue a timely finding on the group's petition to list the pika as a "threatened" species under the federal Act. The complaint alleged that global warming had "already extracted a heavy toll" on the pika.