Montana Federal Judge Orders FWS to Better Protect Endangered Animals from Hunting on National Refuges

A federal judge approved a Stipulated Settlement Agreement that requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take measures to protect endangered wildlife harmed by expanded hunting and fishing on national wildlife refuges. The protections include phasing out the use of poisonous lead ammunition and fishing tackle at several refuges across the country. The order settles the Center for Biological Diversity’s lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s decision to expand hunting and fishing on over 2.3 million acres across 147 wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries.