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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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