ESA enforcement actions -- by agencies and civilians -- in the news
In enforcement actions, NOAA’s Fisheries Service Office of Law Enforcement is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of persons poaching endangered sea turtles in the Territory of Guam and in the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands; meanwhile, Maine wildlife officials are investigating the death of a piping plover at Goose Rocks Beach last week. It continues to sadden me that some people would intentionally kill endangered species.
Then again, as we were rudely reminded by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and Wild Fish Conservancy, sometimes even the "greenest" among us tolerate intentional death of listed species, at least when national security is at stake. Still, undaunted by our military needs, PEER served legal notice that they would sue the Navy under the federal Endangered Species Act for the threat detonations pose to protected wildlife in the Puget Sound.