GOVERNMENT DROPS APPEAL OF 30-YEAR EAGLE TAKE RULE

The Obama Administration has dismissed its appeal of our legal victory in our challenge, on behalf of the American Bird Conservancy and other eagle advocates, to the Fish and Wildlife Service’s recent regulation extending the duration of permits to kill or otherwise take bald and golden eagles from five to thirty years.  Last year, Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California agreed with our claim that the FWS violated the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to engage in any NEPA analysis concerning the impact of the rule on eagle populations and other wildlife.  A copy of the district court’s ruling invalidating the regulation is here.

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