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Lawsuit Targeting Wildlife Predator Control in Nevada Revived

A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with WildEarth Guardians, which argued that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, through its Wildlife Services program, relied on outdated information and should have prepared a Nevada-specific environmental impact statement in 2011 before continuing the program.

The ruling, written by Judge Michelle T. Friedland, reversed an earlier dismissal of the case by U.S. District Judge Miranda Du in Las Vegas and ordered further proceedings in the lower court.

In its lawsuit, WildEarth Guardians sought to enjoin the federal government from killing predatory animals in Nevada, arguing that the agency’s reliance on outdated data and science when it continued the program four years ago interferes with its members’ enjoyment of the outdoors.

In simple words: ” It means that Wildlife Services can be sued by WildEarthGuardians regarding the adequacy/lack of adequacy of their NEPA data which has to be current to show no detriment to that part of the environment Wildlife Services impacts with its activities. Or, another way of looking at it is that an ordinary citizen (me, for example) can claim and document injury sufficient to catch the attention of the legal system and cannot be brushed off as insignificant or that my injury has no redress.”  Don Molde 

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