Denver, Colorado – A Colorado federal judge says the U-S
Fish and Wildlife Service must reconsider whether the Yellowstone
cutthroat trout should be protected under the Endangered Species
U-S District Judge Phillip Figa says the agency acted
arbitrarily and capriciously when it evaluated a petition
requesting special protection for the fish. The judge says the
agency overlooked substantial evidence that could support an
Figa's decision last week ordered the agency to complete a
12-month review from which it would make a decision.
The ruling gets praise from conservation groups such as the
Center for Biological Diversity.
A Fish and Wildlife Service official says the agency hasn't
decided whether it will appeal.
Chuck Davis of the wildlife service says it has to find money
for a review and says financial constraints delayed an earlier
review of the petition.