Suit against the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to challenge rules that prohibit and/or restrict certain methods of hunting on National Preserves and National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska, including a refuge-specific rule for Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Several national and Alaska-based anti-hunting organizations have intervened to defend the regulations. SCI’s case has been consolidated with two similar cases filed by the State of Alaska and Alaska Professional Hunters Association. Briefing on the merits was scheduled to be complete in April 2018, but may be postponed or rendered moot, as the Department of the Interior recently announced that it will consider rulemaking to revise or eliminate the NPS Rule and the Kenai Rule.
After we filed our lawsuit, Congress passed and the President signed into law a joint resolution that nullified the FWS regulation that applied to all Refuges in Alaska. SCI, the State of Alaska, and APHA amended their complaints to dismiss their claims against the FWS regulation. On April 20, 2017, CBD filed a lawsuit challenging the joint resolution and the Congressional Review Act (CRA). On May 4, 2017, SCI and the NRA moved to intervene in CBD’s suit to defend the CRA and joint resolution. The court has not yet ruled on that motion.