Justice Achieved for Imperiled Wildlife
In response to a Guardians’ lawsuit, a federal judge eviscerated
the “McKittrick Policy,” holding “Congress placed the burden to know the
identity of the wildlife species being killed on the killer.” The policy had
crippled prosecutions of those who kill animals protected by the Endangered
Species Act by requiring that the government prove killers knew what species
they were killing. The decision means killers of imperiled animals like Mexican
wolves can again be punished for their crimes.
Zinke Recommends Shrinking Bears Ears
Interior Secretary Zinke has issued a recommendation to
President Trump to significantly reduce the size of the Bears Ears National
Monument. Despite overwhelming opposition to revoking or shrinking Bears Ears,
Zinke claims the Bears Ears is illegal. It’s clear that under the Trump administration that industry
profits will take clear priority over natural and cultural resource protection.
Zinke’s final recommendations for Bears Ears will be issued on July 10, upon
the completion of his review directed by Trump order.
Groups Unite for Transparency Under Trump
Guardians and the Western Environmental Law Center stepped
up our efforts to compel the Trump administration to publicly release
government records concerning the killing of western wildlife and the oversight
of fossil fuel companies. In a series of legal actions, we moved to require
several agencies to release records we’re seeking under the Freedom of
Information Act, including records on federal wildlife-killing program Wildlife
Services and fossil fuel extraction on public lands.
Fighting Illegal Montana Coal Mine Expansion
We recently challenged the Trump Administration’s plans to
allow increased mining of publicly owned coal at the Spring Creek mine in
Montana. The expansion would allow nearly 100 million tons of publicly owned
coal from 1,000 acres of public lands to be mined. The suit argues that the
federal government failed to disclose the climate implications of the mine’s
expansion and failed to protect Montana’s public lands, air, and water.
Slider Photo credits: Carrizo Plain—Bob Wicks, BLM. West Elk Mountains—Hogs555, Creative Commons, Wikipedia. sage grouse—Bridgeport, USFWS. bobcat—dollarphoto. Thumbprint photos: Mexican wolf—John Iwanski, Creative Commons, Flickr. Valley of the Gods, Bears Ears—BLM, Flickr. The White House—Lawrence Freytag iStock. coal train—WildEarth Guardians.
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