9th Circ. Upholds Law Delisting Gray Wolves In Rockies

Law360, New York (March 14, 2012, 7:39 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that Congress did not violate the separation of powers doctrine when it stripped Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains through a 2011 appropriations bill rider.

The Center for Biological Diversity, Alliance for the Wild Rockies and other environmental groups had argued that Congress overstepped its authority by ordering U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to reissue a 2009 rule delisting gray wolves in Idaho and Montana without regard to the ESA and without judicial review.

A Montana federal court had found the U.S. Department of the Interior's 2009 rule...

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