Friends of Animals v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service

To bolster the endangered northern spotted owl, the feds ban logging on millions of acres in the Pacific Northwest. Yikes! Instead, a more aggressive species from the East Coast, the barred owl, moves in. The northern spotted remains as endangered as ever. Now the feds plan to kill up to 1,600 barred owls. Plaintiffs: Illegally! If you’re going to “take” a species, it must be to benefit that species—not to benefit another species. Ninth Circuit: Not so. The feds can proceed. (Click here for more on northern spotted v. barred.)

Tags: 2018, Administrative Law, FWS, Ninth Circuit, Statutory Interpretation

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