Court: Feds must reconsider endangered status for Arctic grayling in Montana

Court: Feds must reconsider endangered status for Arctic grayling in Montana

News Type: State, Regional, Federal Source: Missoula Current
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(Courthouse News) – The Ninth Circuit ruled Friday the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service incorrectly denied endangered listing to a cold-water fish living in the Upper Missouri River Basin in Montana.

A three-judge panel found Fish and Wildlife failed to supply evidence of increased population of the Arctic grayling in Montana rivers, and didn’t properly account for climate change when it declined to list the species as endangered in 2014.

“FWS clearly stated in the 2014 finding that the number of breeding arctic grayling increased in the Big Hole River, and omitted the DeHaan study’s evidence to the contrary,” U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Paez wrote for the unanimous panel. “We conclude that in ignoring available data FWS acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner.”