Interior Mountain quail

Interior Mountain quail

Current Status:
DISMISSED

Case Title:
9th Cir. 07-39577

Staff attorney(s):
Todd Tucci

Client(s):

Western Watersheds Project

To Protect:

Interior Mountain quail

States:
Idaho
Nevada
Oregon

Case Information:

Interior Mountain Quail were once abundant across the sagebrush-steppe, but are now reduced to a few populations in Oregon, Nevada and Idaho; and remaining populations are threatened by habitat destruction from grazing and other impacts.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service rejected client Western Watersheds Project’s petition to list Interior Mountain Quail under the ESA, saying it is not a “distinct” population from other quail in wetter areas west of the Cascades.  We are challenging that determination in the 9th Circuit US Court of Appeals.