Ninth Circuit Sides with FWS in Fish Recovery Lawsuit

The Ninth Circuit found that environmental groups Save the Bull Trout, Friends of the Wild Swan, and Alliance for the Wild Rockies, could not pursue claims against the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in Montana court, following a loss in Oregon court. The groups have challenged FWS’s plan to restore populations of Bull Trout under the Endangered Species Act. As a result, the Oregon court’s decision to dismiss the suit will stand and the plaintiffs will be unable to pursue claims in a new district court.