The U.S.D.C. for the D. Montana (per Christensen, C.J.) overturned the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s delisting of the Greater Yellowstone grizzly as an endangered species. The Court held that:
The [Fish and Wildlife] Service failed to make a reasoned decision, as required by the APA, when it delisted the Greater Yellowstone grizzly. By refusing to analyze the legal and functional impact of delisting on other continental grizzly populations, the Service entirely failed to consider an issue of extreme importance. Moreover, the Service’s analysis of the threats faced by the Greater Yellowstone grizzly segment was arbitrary and capricious.
While the Fish and Wildlife Service can appeal the ruling, it is unlikely that there will be legal hunting of the grizzly this year.
However, the Washington Post reports resistance by Far West officials to the ruling:
Wyoming U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney introduced legislation Tuesday that would keep Yellowstone-area grizzlies off the list of threatened and endangered species and prohibit courts from overturning that decision.