WildEarth Guardians Sues FWS to Protect Three Endangered Species in New Mexico

WildEarth Guardians sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for allegedly violating the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by failing to stop the destruction of habitat along the Rio Grande river. The lawsuit claims the FWS’s actions have put the endangered silvery minnow at risk of extinction and barely allow other imperiled species, including the Southwestern willow flycatcher and the yellow-billed cuckoo, to survive. Plaintiff is seeking declaratory judgment and vacatur of the 2016 ESA Biological Opinion it is challenging.