Center for Biological Diversity threatens lawsuit over lack of movement on endangered species listings
A conservation group is threatening to go to court if the Obama administration doesn't start making progress on a backlog of endangered species listings.
The Center for Biological Diversity on Monday filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its failure to decide whether to protect 144 species on hold for lack of funding.
The group's endangered-species director, Noah Greenwald, says the Obama administration has added to the Bush administration's backlog of 249 species.
Valerie Fellows of Fish and Wildlife says the listing process was beset by lack of funding for a decade, but they have turned a corner and next year have money to decide listings for 50 species.
-- Associated Press
Photo: The plains bison is among the species named by the Center for Biological Diversity in the document that states its intent to sue (see a .pdf of the document). Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times