Challenge the Wildlife Services for Failing to Comply with NEPA
Center for Biological Diversity v APHIS
The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services agency for failing to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act.
In July 2017, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services agency for failing to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which requires the agency to account for the harm it causes to native Californian wildlife, including coyotes, foxes, and bobcats.
The lawsuit, filed in conjunction with the Center for Biological Diversity, Western Watersheds Project, Project Coyote, the Animal Welfare Institute, and WildEarth Guardians, asked the court to order Wildlife Services to update its environmental analysis to comply with NEPA.
Because of this lawsuit, in October 2017 Wildlife Services agreed to comply with its obligations under NEPA and conduct an environmental analysis of wildlife management activities in California’s North District. We dismissed the lawsuit in exchange for this settlement agreement and will monitor the agency’s compliance as it conducts its updated review.
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