The Latest On: The Wild
The group Citizens for Balanced Use (CBU) filed a brief arguing that any bison captured and held outside of Yellowstone National Park be considered as livestock, rather than wildlife. Bison that wander outside of the park are held in a quarantine program, and plaintiffs believe that bison are no longer wild if held in captivity.
"This absurd outcome offers further reason to reject CBU's position," Earthjustice attorney Tim Preso wrote in a response.
A federal judge ordered the National Marine Fisheries Service to do a better job monitoring catch limits for bluefish, also known as parrotfish. The court found that the agency failed at establishing an acceptable method in preventing excessive harm to bluefish and coral reefs.
“We know that corals face increasing threats from climate change and disease. Keeping a healthy, diverse population of algae-eaters on the reef is crucial to keeping coral reefs healthy," said Earthjustice attorney Andrea Treece.
The U.S Navy’s expansion of sonar training along the West Coast will be reassessed after U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Nandor Vadas found that the National Marine Fisheries Service failed to consider the long-term effects these exercises will have on whales and other marine life. Environmentalists are advocating for more protections against sonar activity.
Nevada and California ended their bargaining over future development in Lake Tahoe, enacting a revised plan that allots higher density and taller structures. Environmental groups urged California to hold Nevada to the original intent of the bi-state compact—protecting Lake Tahoe from environmental pollution.
"California should be in the driver's seat," Earthjustice Attorney Trent W. Orr said, noting that the state contributes six times more funding to lake restoration projects than Nevada does. "Why is the one holding most of the chips saying 'Uncle'?"