Lawsuit planned over hunting, fishing at US wildlife refuges

Posted at 2:20 PM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 16:20:02-04

BOISE, Idaho — An environmental group says the Trump administration is violating the Endangered Species Act by expanding hunting and fishing by 3,600 square miles on the national wildlife refuge system and national fish hatchery system.

The Center for Biological Diversity on Tuesday filed a notice of its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which manages the nation’s 550 national wildlife refuges. The formal notice is a precursor to a lawsuit, giving the agency 60 days to respond.

Interior Secretary David L. Bernhardt announced the expansion in August, saying it increases public hunting to 430 refuges and those open to fishing to 360.