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florida gators... never threatened!

If you ain't a Gator, you should be! Alligators (and endangered crocs) are important indicator species atop their food chains, with sensitivity to pollution and pesticides akin to humans. See ESA blawg. Gator blood could be our pharmaceutical future, too. See ESA musing.

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"This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it." -- Thomas Jefferson to William Roscoe, December 27, 1820.

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KEVIN S. PETTITT helped found this blawg. A D.C.-based IT consultant specializing in Lotus Notes & Domino, he also maintains Lotus Guru blog.

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Wolves, Altantic Sturgeon & more from @ESAlawyer (Jan-Feb 2012)

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COURT CASES & LAWYERLY LINKS

Maine: court says suit re: salmon take continues vs. dam operators bit.ly/yfUPsm

DDC court rejects special National Fire Plan Sec. 7 consultation regulations: no proof of need, current process works bit.ly/wWGZi2

Scholars: Craig, disaster, ecosystem resilience & inadequate remedy 2011 BYU L.Rev 1863; Lloyd, Citizen Suits & Defense ST038 ALI-ABA 627

2012 WL 278712: LandWatch, NPC in Ore sues FWS for approving Eugene to Veneta water supply pipeline; harm to listed plants, butterflies

ALJ says Farmton Local Plan, Volusia County, improves black bear protection consistent with law, prevents listing. 2012 WL 256233 (Fla.DOAH)

Earthjustice sues NMFS over approval of Navy sonar training in Pacific waters. b.globe.com/zb8Ppv

New lawsuit sprouting on loss of marbled murrelet habitat due to Oregon old growth logging bit.ly/zl9y3s

Court ok w/Alaskan fishing limits for Stellers sea lion bit.ly/xVtDJK PacNW chinook salmon limits coming soon bit.ly/wf9UG3

Recovery: Can ESA Go Beyond Mere Salvage? 42 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10017; Salmon: Dam Preservation Under the ESA, 41 Envtl. L. 1363

FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE

FWS: SuppDraft EIS for Tehachapi Upland MultiSpecies HCP 1.usa.gov/zZ4f9c The plan for condors at Tejon Ranch, CA 1.usa.gov/wdo5cB

FWS may list San Bernardino flying squirrel b/c feral cats & climate change (lost conifer & black-oak forest habitat) 1.usa.gov/zffnSS

FWS: Polar bear interim rule reissued, NEPA ongoing. No ESA take violation if complying with CITES & MMPA. 1.usa.gov/ApSydq

FWS says listing Hawaiian 'i'iwi may be warranted due to habitat loss, nonnative animals, avian disease, climate change 1.usa.gov/yaGAH9

NOAA FISHERIES/ NMFS

More Atlantic sturgeon: NOAA says Gulf of Maine DPS threatened, New York Bight & Chesapeake Bay DPSs endangered 1.usa.gov/zf9P0N

NOAA says habitat, dams, dredging, H2o quality endanger Carolina, So. Atlantic distinct population segments of sturgeon 1.usa.gov/wJFEqB

NMFS: 5-yr sei whale review underway. 1.usa.gov/xOTMr9 Consultation on incidental take for geophys survey, too. 1.usa.gov/x5k4Jo

NOAA revises leatherback sea turtle critical habitat in Pacific. 41914 sq.mi, 262 ft deep. Focus on jellyfish prey. 1.usa.gov/AqSdHW

MUSINGS & NEWS

On animal cruelty: new egg farming n.pr/xrYjtT leg hold trapping bit.ly/zH8M2W movie molds wolf image bit.ly/y7lkBQ

Choice of safety or species? Cal. Dept. Fish & Game sues U.S. Army Corps over post-Katrina tree ban on levees bit.ly/zSKqkn

Why the ESA? So we protect wildlife & learn stuff like this: fluid dynamics of shark skin denticles add thrust. bit.ly/xdNzJc

Big thought: will we find new life forms in subglacial lakes not touched in 25 million years? bit.ly/wiwq1S

Listing Mazama pocket gopher may affect urban density in WA bit.ly/wf6Hh1 Mixed review of prairie dog management bit.ly/x0mXhx

Cape Hatteras ORV rule protects seabirds bit.ly/wTGEOU La. state law limits enforcing shrimp net turtle device bit.ly/zs6D0C

FEMA wildfire clean up still protecting Houston toad bit.ly/x2oWH2 Listed CA frogs vs trout stocking for anglers bit.ly/zf46Ns

6500 acres, 100 Miss. gopher frogs, 1 crusading landowner. NoLa & AP: bit.ly/we1zVS & bit.ly/w4AFeK & bit.ly/zyVtXY

ESA in Delaware: UDel plant database (lotsa rare flora) bit.ly/zN1L7H & endangered listing for Atlantic sturgeon bit.ly/wUBi30

ESA in Okla: leaders fear impact on energy industry & say voluntary efforts should avoid listing Lesser Prairie Chicken bit.ly/A3kJ9B

Need an American Red Cross for wildlife: Mil-Wis Journal on whooping cranes & threat of TX drought on recovery effort. bit.ly/wDqpqT

Can't win in Canada: ESA requires best available info, but scientist says dorsal fin satellite tags may harm orcas. bit.ly/yWgcjD

Another ESA conflict: trail closures upset dog-owning AZ hikers; land managers say dogs scare listed bighorn sheep mydesert.co/wUJ9xS

Sierra Sun summary on grizzly bear litigation bit.ly/zCTHpA Seattle Times on leatherback critical habitat bit.ly/ycja18

POLITICS

Santorum says ESA prevents timber harvest huff.to/ykLUnP and climate change a hoax bit.ly/zEhUQX

House Nat.Res. proposes oil drilling in 3% ANWR. bit.ly/xZaoD1 Polar bear debate coming. huff.to/A8vygd & dfnd.us/xABgOg

Markey (D-Mass) dislikes significant portion of range policy, says too high a threshold for endangered species. wapo.st/wPbbwm

Revealing op-ed on lobbying to ignore science. bit.ly/Aohe4w U.S. Senator says ESA reform not (yet?) in works. bit.ly/wjwa6x

WOLVES

Chicago Op-Ed bit.ly/xAMLWF

Wisc. Op-Ed bit.ly/yHBXy2

MN rancher opinion: hunt flawed bit.ly/xxwUxj

Wolf: NM suit to stop hunt bit.ly/whAkZ5

WY wants to start hunt n.pr/wBQWNu

Mich says delist=victory bit.ly/zb0LYG