Removal Of Wolf Protections Illegal, Enviros Tell 9th Circ.

Law360, New York (November 8, 2011, 5:27 PM EST) -- Attorneys for Alliance for the Wild Rockies and other environmental groups on Tuesday urged the Ninth Circuit to hold that a 2011 federal appropriations bill rider removing Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains violates the constitutional separation of powers.

“Nobody here can agree what the new law is,” said Center for Biological Diversity attorney Amy Atwood, arguing that the rider didn’t amend the ESA, but instead unconstitutionally directed an outcome in pending litigation. “Laws should be based on the best...
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