Advocacy Group Threatens to Sue U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for Failing to Comply with the Endangered Species Act

The Center for Biological Diversity submitted a sixty-day notice of intent to sue to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) under the citizen suit provision of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in connection with the agency’s failure to protect critical habitat for 49 endangered Hawaiian Islands species of animals and plants. FWS protected all forty-nine species as endangered on September 30, 2016, but failed to designate critical habitat as required by the ESA.