Description: Challenge to critical habitat designation for Canadian lynx.
WildEarth Guardians v. U.S. Department of Interior
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 09/07/2016 Order Download Order issued granting plaintiffs' and defendants' motions for summary judgment in part. Montana Federal Court Said Canadian Lynx Critical Habitat Need Not Include “Climate Change Refugia”. The federal district court for the District of Montana ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) should reconsider whether areas in southern Colorado and on national forest lands in Montana and Idaho should be designated as critical habitat for the Canadian lynx. The court rejected, however, a claim by the plaintiffs that FWS erred by not designating areas that could serve as “climate change refugia” in the future. The court said the plaintiffs’ arguments for such designations were at odds with a 2010 decision in which the court rejected essentially the same arguments. 12/11/2015 Reply Download Reply filed by defendants in support of combined cross-motion for summary judgment.
Alliance for the Wild Rockies v. Bean