Federal Judge Rules Safari Club International, the NRA, and other Hunting Groups May Not Intervene in Suit Challenging Trump-Era Expansion of Hunting and Fishing

A federal judge has ruled that Safari Club International, the NRA, the Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation may not intervene in a suit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity challenging a rule that expanded hunting and fishing in national wildlife refuges in Montana, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Kansas, Indiana, and South Dakota. The judge found that “[t]he mere possibility that this lawsuit could lead to eventual limitations on hunting and fishing opportunities and access — limitations that were long the status quo — is insufficient to satisfy the 'direct, non-contingent, substantial and legally protectable interest required for intervention as a matter of right.’”