Description: Challenge to the denial of a 2020 listing petition for the Tucson shovel-nosed snake.
Center for Biological Diversity v. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 06/23/2022 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Lawsuit Alleged Failure to Consider New Information on Climate Change Threats in Denial of Listing Petition for Arizona Snake. Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Arizona alleging that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated the Endangered Species Act and the Administrative Procedure Act by denying a 2020 listing petition for the Tucson shovel-nosed snake, which lives solely in two or three counties in Arizona. The complaint alleged that the FWS’s negative 90-day on the finding “failed to acknowledge new information regarding the continued and foreseeable threats to the species from urbanization and roads, agriculture, and climate change.”