ESA in the news: Pres. Obama, Judge Wanger, and Arizona Jaguars
According to environmental activists, "Threatened species have ally in Obama" reports the Fayetteville Observer. And the recent legislative efforts to repeal the Bush Administration's midnight regulations changing the implementation of the ESA certainly suggest that the environmentalists have the ears of the new leaders. See prior ESA blawg post.
Elsewhere in the nation's courtrooms, the ESA controversies continue. In California, Judge Wanger granted a three-month extension to allow the Federal government to finish rulemaking to protect endangered winter-run Chinook salmon, spring-run Chinook salmon and Central Valley steelhead, and according to the Bradenton Herald, "the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said west Valley farmers will receive no federal water this season." See also, California Farm Bureau. And in Washington D.C., the trial over whether Ringling Brother's keeping of elephants violates the ESA continue to receive publicity. See Atlanta Journal Constitution, and ajc.com, and the UK Daily Mail.
Finally, as reported in Peterson's Hunting, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (photo source) captured and collared the first wild jaguar in Arizona. Jaguars, long thought to have their habitat in Mexico, have also been spotted in New Mexico.