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    Sportsmen File in Court to Ensure ESA Not Manipulated to Ban Hunting - (12/15)
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    The U.S. Sportsmenís Alliance Foundation has filed written arguments in a federal lawsuit brought by antiís to challenge the endangered status of black bears in Florida and keep them off-limits to hunters. The antiís want to use the Endangered Species Act as a tool to ban hunting nationwide.



    On Dec. 7, the U.S. Sportsmenís Legal Defense Fund, the legal arm of the U.S. Sportsmenís Alliance Foundation, filed arguments with Judge Henry Kennedy, Jr. defending the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision to not list the Florida black bear as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Extensive research by federal wildlife officials has shown that the listing is not warranted. Studies reveal that healthy bear populations occur in secure habitats in several areas.



    Antiís have tried for years to list Floridaís bears under the ESA. In this case, the Humane Society of the United States, Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club, and other anti-hunting groups brought suit contending that the black bear in Florida is a separate sub-species of the North American black bear. The groups argue that the distinction entitles Florida bears to protection under the ESA. They want to establish a precedent that allows the challenge of the endangered or threatened status of any game animal that has numerous sub-species.



    The U.S. Sportsmenís Alliance Foundation has asked Judge Kennedy to forgo a trial and decide the case based solely on written arguments.



    The USSAF is joined in the suit by the Central Florida Bear Hunters Assn., Safari Club International and Mark Roden of St. Augustine.

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    Judge OKs Sportsmen's Involvement in Lawsuit to Defend Hunting- (09/08)
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    A federal court judge will allow the U.S. Sportsmenís Alliance Foundation to represent huntersí interests in a lawsuit brought by antiís to make black bears in Florida off-limits to sportsmen. The suit also creates legal precedent that threatens hunting from coast to coast.

    Judge Henry Kennedy, Jr. granted the U.S. Sportsmenís Alliance Foundation (USSAF) and its Sportsmenís Legal Defense Fund (SLDF) permission to join the suit, which was brought by the Humane Society of the United States, Defenders of Wildlife, the Sierra Club and other anti-hunting groups. They are suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), contending that the black bear in Florida is a separate sub-species of the North American black bear. The groups argue that the distinction entitles Florida bears to protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

    A dangerous precedent will be set if the black bears in Florida are classified as a sub-species and categorized as endangered. It will allow anti-hunters to bring similar lawsuits to challenge the classification of deer, quail and other game animals that have numerous sub-species throughout the country.

    Antiís have tried for years to list Floridaís bears under the ESA, but extensive research by the USFWS has determined that the listing is not warranted. Studies show that healthy bear populations occur in secure habitats in several areas.

    The USSAF will join with Safari Club International, Central Florida Bear Hunters Association, and Mark Roden of St. Augustine to intervene in the case.

    The SLDF is the nationís only litigation force that exclusively represents sportsmenís interests in the courts. It defends wildlife management and sportsmenís rights in local, state and federal courts, representing the interests of sportsmen. It also assists government lawyers who have little or no background in wildlife law. For more information, e-mail info@ussportsmen.org.

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