Suit Links Climate Change with Purported Threat to Species


From the New York Times:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is being sued by a coalition of environmental groups that says recent expansions to the Canada lynx’s protected habitat are still insufficient to protect the endangered cat from climate change.

The suit is thought to be the first legal challenge of a habitat designation brought on the grounds of climate change.

Canada lynx live in upland boreal forest and use their large paws to run atop the snowpack as they hunt. As the climate warms, some portions of the cat’s current protected habitat may become unsuitable, forcing the predators to migrate to colder zones. To survive those migrations, the lynx will need protected passages that the new designations failed to provide, according to Bruce Hamilton, deputy executive director of the Sierra Club, one of the groups suing FWS.

The suit was filed yesterday in the U.S. District Court in Missoula, Mont. The Sierra Club and the Alliance for the Wild Rockies are joined in the lawsuit by the Native Ecosystems Council and the Center for Native Ecosystems.


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