Appeals filed in Great Lakes wolf case

 Posted by on February 27, 2015
Feb 272015
 

The federal government, the states of Wisconsin and Michigan and a coalition of hunting groups have appealed a Dec. 19 decision that put gray wolves in the Great Lakes back on the endangered species list.

The judges for the appeal have not been determined yet. These are not they. (Photo from AquaKids.tv)

The United States and the hunting groups both filed notices of appeal Feb. 13. Wisconsin appealed on Feb. 26 and Michigan Feb. 27.

The hunting groups are the Michigan Hunting Dog Federation, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, National Rifle Association Of America, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Safari Club International, U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation, Upper Peninsula Bear Houndsmen Association, Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, and Wisconsin Bowhunters Association.

The case caption and number in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is Humane Society of the United States v. Jewell, 15-5041.

General Docket
United States Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit
Court of Appeals Docket #: 15-5041 Docketed: 02/19/2015
Nature of Suit: 2890 Other Statutory Actions
Humane Society of the United, et al v. Sally Jewell, et al
Appeal From: United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Fee Status: Fee Paid
Case Type Information:
     1) Civil US
     2) United States
     3)
Originating Court Information:
     District: 0090-1 : 1:13-cv-00186-BAH Lead: 1:13-cv-00186-BAH
     Motions Judge: Beryl A. Howell, U.S. District Judge
     Date Filed: 02/12/2013
     Date Order/Judgment:      Date NOA Filed:
     12/19/2014      02/13/2015
Prior Cases:
     None
Current Cases:
Lead Member Start End
     Consolidation
15-5041 15-5043 02/24/2015
Panel Assignment:      Not available

 

Humane Society of the United States
Plaintiff - Appellee
Ralph Edgar Henry
Email: rhenry@hsus.org
[NTC Trial Counsel]
The Humane Society of the United States
Firm: 202-452-1100
2100 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Born Free USA
Plaintiff - Appellee
Ralph Edgar Henry
[Trial Counsel]
(see above)
Help Our Wolves Live
Plaintiff - Appellee
Ralph Edgar Henry
[NTC Trial Counsel]
(see above)
Friends of Animals and Their Environment
Plaintiff - Appellee
Ralph Edgar Henry
[Trial Counsel]
(see above)
                    v.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
Defendant - Appellee
Joan M. Pepin
Email: joan.pepin@usdoj.gov
[COR LD NTC Gvt Atty US DOJ]
U.S. Department of Justice
(DOJ) Environment & Natural Resources Division
Firm: 202-514-2000
PO Box 7415, Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044-7415DOJ Appellate Counsel
Email: civil.appellate@usdoj.gov
[Gvt Atty US DOJ]
U.S. Department of Justice
(DOJ) Civil Division, Appellate Staff
Firm: 202-514-2000
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Department of Interior
Defendant - Appellee
Joan M. Pepin
[COR LD NTC Gvt Atty US DOJ]
(see above)DOJ Appellate Counsel
[NTC Gvt Atty US DOJ]
(see above)
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Defendant - Appellee
Joan M. Pepin
[COR LD NTC Gvt Atty US DOJ]
(see above)DOJ Appellate Counsel
[NTC Gvt Atty US DOJ]
(see above)
U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation
Intervenor for Defendant - Appellant
James Hardwick Lister, Esquire
Email: jlister@dc.bhb.com
[COR NTC Retained]
Birch, Horton, Bittner & Cherot, PC
Firm: 202-659-5800
1156 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 1020
Washington, DC 20005
Safari Club International
Intervenor for Defendant - Appellant
Anna M. Seidman
Direct: 202-543-8733
Email: aseidman@safariclub.org
Fax: 202-543-1205
[COR LD NTC Retained]
Safari Club International
Firm: 202-548-8733
501 2nd Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002Douglas Scott Burdin
Direct: 202-543-8733
Email: dburdin@safariclub.org
Fax: 202-543-1205
[COR NTC Retained]
Safari Club International
Firm: 202-548-8733
501 2nd Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002Jeremy Evan Clare
Direct: 202-543-8733
Email: jclare@safariclub.org
Fax: 202-543-1205
[COR NTC Retained]
Safari Club International
Firm: 202-548-8733
501 2nd Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002

James Hardwick Lister, Esquire
[COR Retained]
(see above)

National Rifle Association of America
Intervenor for Defendant - Appellant
James Hardwick Lister, Esquire
[COR Retained]
(see above)
Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association
Intervenor for Defendant - Appellant
James Hardwick Lister, Esquire
[COR Retained]
(see above)
Michigan United Conservation Clubs
Intervenor for Defendant - Appellant
James Hardwick Lister, Esquire
[COR Retained]
(see above)
Wisconsin Bowhunters Association
Intervenor for Defendant - Appellant
James Hardwick Lister, Esquire
[COR Retained]
(see above)
Upper Peninsula Bear Houndsmen Association
Intervenor for Defendant - Appellant
James Hardwick Lister, Esquire
[COR Retained]
(see above)
Michigan Hunting Dog Federation
Intervenor for Defendant - Appellant
James Hardwick Lister, Esquire
[COR NTC Retained]
(see above)
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Intervenor for Defendant - Appellant
James Hardwick Lister, Esquire
[COR Retained]
(see above)
State of Wisconsin
Intervenor for Defendant - Appellee
Thomas James Dawson, Esquire, Assistant Attorney General
Email: dawsontj@doj.state.wi.us
[Gvt Atty Non-Federal]
Wisconsin Department of Justice
Firm: 608-266-9945
17 West Main Street
PO Box 7857
Madison, WI 53707-7857
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Intervenor for Defendant - Appellee
Thomas James Dawson, Esquire, Assistant Attorney General
[Gvt Atty Non-Federal]
(see above)
State of Michigan
Intervenor for Defendant - Appellee
Pamela J. Stevenson, Assistant Attorney General
Email: stevensonp@michigan.gov
[NTC Gvt Atty Non-Federal]
Office of the Attorney General, State of Michigan
ENRA Division
525 West Ottawa Street
PO Box 30755
Lansing, MI 48909
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Intervenor for Defendant - Appellee
Pamela J. Stevenson, Assistant Attorney General
[Gvt Atty Non-Federal]
(see above)

Humane Society of the United States; Born Free USA; Help Our Wolves Live; Friends of Animals and Their Environment,Plaintiffs - Appelleesv.

Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior; Department of Interior; United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Defendants - Appellees

U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation; Safari Club International; National Rifle Association of America; Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association; Michigan United Conservation Clubs; Wisconsin Bowhunters Association; Upper Peninsula Bear Houndsmen Association; Michigan Hunting Dog Federation; Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Intervenors for Defendant - Appellants

State of Wisconsin; Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; State of Michigan; Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Intervenors for Defendant - Appellees

02/19/2015 US CIVIL CASE docketed. [15-5041]
02/19/2015 Open Document
134 pg, 728.55 KB
NOTICE OF APPEAL filed [1538224] by Michigan Hunting Dog Federation, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, National Rifle Association of America, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Safari Club International, U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation, Upper Peninsula Bear Houndsmen Association, Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association and Wisconsin Bowhunters Association seeking review of a decision by the U.S. District Court in 1:13-cv-00186-BAH. Assigned USCA Case Number [15-5041]
02/20/2015 Open Document
1 pg, 13.97 KB
ENTRY OF APPEARANCE [1538623] filed by Joan M. Pepin on behalf of Appellees Department of Interior, Sally Jewell and United States Fish and Wildlife Service. [15-5041] (Pepin, Joan)
02/24/2015 Open Document
2 pg, 47.64 KB
CLERK'S ORDER filed [1539274] consolidating cases 15-5043 (Consolidation started 02/24/2015) with 15-5041; directing party to file initial submissions: APPELLANT docketing statement due 03/26/2015. APPELLANT certificate as to parties, etc. due 03/26/2015. APPELLANT statement of issues due 03/26/2015. APPELLANT underlying decision due 03/26/2015. APPELLANT deferred appendix statement due 03/26/2015. APPELLANT notice of appearance due 03/26/2015. APPELLANT transcript status report due 03/26/2015. APPELLANT procedural motions due 03/26/2015. APPELLANT dispositive motions due 04/10/2015; directing party to file initial submissions: APPELLEE certificate as to parties, etc. due 03/26/2015. APPELLEE entry of appearance due 03/26/2015. APPELLEE procedural motions due 03/26/2015. APPELLEE dispositive motions due 04/10/2015 [15-5041, 15-5043]
02/24/2015 Open Document
1 pg, 59.32 KB
ENTRY OF APPEARANCE [1539303] filed by Anna M. Seidman and co-counsel Douglas S. Burdin, Jeremy E. Clare on behalf of Appellant Safari Club International in 15-5041. [15-5041, 15-5043] (Burdin, Douglas)
Dec 192014
 

Opinion and order (latter embedded below) in Humane Society of the U.S. . Jewell (13-00186-BAH, D.D.C.)

Howell, in D.C., reinstates protections
in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin

In a news release, the Humane Society said that in her opinion, U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell "chided the USFWS for failing to explain why it ignored the potential for further recovery of wolves into areas of its historic range that remain viable habitat for the species.  The court also noted that the USFWS has failed to explain how the “virtually unregulated” killing of wolves by states in the Great Lakes region does not constitute a continued threat to the species."

HSUS complaint  ♦  Final rule delisting Great Lakes wolf (12/28/11)  ♦  FWS Western Gray Lakes gray wolf page  ♦  ECOS page  ♦  CBD page  ♦  "Policy Issues Regarding Wolves in the Great Lakes Region"  ♦  Dateline Minnesota  ♦  AP (in Detroit News)  ♦  Selected court documents:  FWS brief  ♦  HSUS brief  ♦ Minnesota brief  ♦  Minn. 2012 wolf rules  ♦  HSUS opp. to AFWA amicus request  ♦  Declaration of Edward K. Boggess

From AP story about Minnesota:

ST. PAUL, Minn. — State officials say Minnesotans can no longer kill wolves unless their lives are in danger.

The change was brought about by a federal judge's ruling Friday effectively restoring gray wolves to the endangered species list in Great Lakes states.

Department of Natural Resources spokesman Chris Niskanen says that means farmers and ranchers concerned about wolves preying on cattle can't kill the wolves themselves. Instead, they should call conservation officers.

U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell's decision could also halt Minnesota's wolf hunting and trapping seasons. But Niskanen says the federal government's stance could change again before the state sets its wolf hunting season next summer.

Photo links to Legal Times story in unrelated case