WILDLIFE in the WEST

Threatened and endangered species in the West cover the gamut. They are bighorn sheep and wolves. They are sage-grouse and salmon. They are pygmy rabbits and spotted frogs.

Our wildlife cases wield the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and others to halt habitat destruction – unchecked grazing, industrial development, mining exploration, obsolete dams – wildlife in the West face these and many other threats daily.

As climate change and human activities cause the loss and fragmentation of habitats, our work becomes increasingly vital. We strive to protect and boost diminishing wildlife populations – from the mighty bighorn to the fragile frog.

Duck Creek Livestock Grazing
Status: PENDING

Duck Creek Livestock Grazing

Case: 1:19-cv-00037-BLW

January 29, 2019 – Advocates for the West filed suit against the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) and Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA), challenging the decision to continue unlawful authorization of ecologically destructive livestock grazing on the Duck Creek allotment in Utah. The allotment historically provided vital habitat for many iconic wildlife species including…

Sage-Grouse RMP Challenge
Status: PENDING

Sage-Grouse RMP Challenge

Case: No. 1:16-cv-83

February 25, 2016 – Advocates for the West filed a new lawsuit in Idaho federal court seeking to increase protections for greater sage-grouse across more than 70 million acres of federal lands in 10 western states. The case argues that new land use plans adopted by the Forest Service and BLM fail to address climate change and…

Antelope Allotment Grazing Followup
Status: PENDING

Antelope Allotment Grazing Followup

Case: Case 1:19-cv-00516-MC

April 9, 2019 – Advocates for the West filed a lawsuit and moved for a preliminary injunction to stop a livestock grazing plan from harming some of the best remaining public land habitat for the rare Oregon spotted frog. The species, found in Jack Creek on the Antelope allotment of the Fremont-Winema National Forest, is…

Sheep Experiment Station Followup Case
Status: PENDING

Sheep Experiment Station Followup Case

Case: Case 1:19-cv-00065-REB

February 20, 2019 – Advocates for the West filed suit on behalf of Center for Biological Diversity, Western Watersheds Project and WildEarth Guardians in our latest federal lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Sheep Experiment Station (“Sheep Station”) for reauthorizing domestic sheep grazing in and around the Centennial Mountains in spite of the threat it poses…

Wishbone Bighorn Herd Protection
Status: PENDING

Wishbone Bighorn Herd Protection

Case: WildEarth Guardians and Western Watersheds Project V. U.S. Forest Service, Case #1:19-cv-00208

January 24, 2019 – Advocates for the West filed suit to halt the Rio Grande National Forest decision to graze domestic sheep within the habitat range of bighorn herds. The suit, filed on behalf of WildEarth Guardians and Western Watersheds Project, asserts that the forest managers knew the risk that domestic sheep would pose to bighorn, yet…

Bonneville Power Administration Ratemaking
Status: PENDING

Bonneville Power Administration Ratemaking

Case: Petition to Intervene

December 14, 2018 – BPA granted our motion to intervene, which will give us a real opportunity to dig into the true cost of the Lower Snake River dams. December 11, 2018 – Advocates for the West filed a petition to intervene with the Bonneville Power Administration’s (BPA) Joint Power and Transmission Rate Proceeding for the 2020-2021…

Willamette River Salmon and Steelhead
Status: PENDING

Willamette River Salmon and Steelhead

Case: 3:18-cv-00437-JR

Upper Willamette River wild spring Chinook salmon and winter steelhead are facing the threat of extinction due largely to dam operations in Oregon’s Willamette River basin. Advocates for the West filed an emergency injunction in federal court to compel the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) to make immediate operational changes at four of…

BPA–Idaho Accord Extension
Status: PENDING

BPA–Idaho Accord Extension

Case: NA

September 26, 2018 – Advocates for the West submitted comments on the draft Bonneville Power Administration’s Idaho Accord extension agreement on behalf of Idaho Conservation League, Idaho Rivers United, Idaho Wildlife Federation and Idaho Chapter of the Sierra Club. In August 2018, we sent a letter to BPA expressing concern over the lack of public notice and…

Kilgore Mine Exploration
Status: PENDING

Kilgore Mine Exploration

Case: Case 1:18-cv-00504-CWD

On November 13, 2018, Advocates for the West filed suit against the Forest Service for approving Otis Gold’s 5-year exploration project. On July 2, 2018, Advocates for the West filed objections to the Forest Service’s proposed approval of the Kilgore Exploration Project in the Centennial Mountains in Eastern Idaho. If approved, this extensive five-year exploration…

Idaho Wildlife Services Environmental Assessment
Status: WON
June 22, 2018

Idaho Wildlife Services Environmental Assessment

Case: Western Watersheds Project et al. vs. USDA APHIS Wildlife Services, Case No. 1:17-cv-206

Stopping the Slaughter: Suing Wildlife Services Advocates for the West filed suit on behalf of Western Watersheds Project, the Center for Biological Diversity, WildEarth Guardians, and Predator Defense, over a 2016 decision through which Wildlife Services seeks to expand its slaughter of thousands of ravens and coyotes, as well as wolves, black bears, mountain lions,…