Litigation

The attorneys of Safari Club International's Litigation Department work to promote and preserve hunting and sustainable use conservation in courts throughout the country. SCI is unique among hunting organizations for having an in-house team of lawyers dedicated to hunting and wildlife conservation-based litigation.

SCI has litigated over 50 cases throughout the United States involving numerous domestic and international hunting-related issues. SCI’s lawyers have filed briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court five times, involving (1) the possible criminalization of hunting videos, (2) the Second Amendment, (3) roads for wildlife and hunting, (4) states' authority to regulate navigable waters within National Preserves, and (5) authority to hunt three antelope species. SCI lawyers also prepare comments on SCI’s behalf in response to public input opportunities regarding federal and state actions, regulations and policies.

Each year at the SCI Convention, SCI attorneys and other guest leaders in the fields of hunting, firearms, wildlife conservation and importation present a highly rated continuing legal education course for lawyers.

Current Litigation

  • Defense of Delisting of the Yellowstone Area Grizzly Bears (various plaintiffs v U.S. FWS)

  • Elephant Importation Bans Challenge (SCI v. Zinke)

  • Western Great Lakes Wolf Delisting Challenge (HSUS v. Zinke)

  • Lead Ammunition in Kaibab National Forest (CBD v. U.S. Forest Service)

  • Grand Teton National Park Elk Hunt (Mayo v. Jarvis; Sierra Club v. Zinke)

  • NPS Regulations in Alaska (Sturgeon v. Masica)

  • Revisions to the Mexican Wolf Experimental Population Rule (SCI v. Zinke)

  • New Mexico’s Mexican Wolf (New Mexico v. Zinke)

  • McKittrick Policy (WildEarth Guardians v. DOJ)

  • Kaibab National Forest Travel Management Plan (WildEarth Guardians v. Provencio)

  • FOIA Demand for Information About Trophy Importers (HSI v. FWS; CBD v. FWS)

  • Challenge to FWS and NPS Alaska Hunting Regulations (SCI v. Zinke)

(As of December 2017)
*Note:  all the cases in which current Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is a named party were brought against Sally Jewell, the Secretary under the Obama Administration. Under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Secretary Zinke is automatically substituted for former Secretary Jewell.

Recently Closed Litigation

  • Three Antelope Case

  • Wyoming Wolf Delisting Challenges (Defenders of Wildlife v. Zinke; HSUS v. U.S. FWS)

  • Big Cypress ORV/Wilderness Plan (NPCA et al. v. DOI et al.)

  • California’s Ban on Importation of Mountain Lion Trophies (SCI v. Becerra)


Alerts on Current Litigation

SCI Celebrates Wyoming Wolf Victory

Mar 07, 2017
On March 3rd, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling that removed Wyoming’s wolves from the endangered species list and restored management of the species to where it belongs – with Wyoming State wildlife managers. The appellate court reversed a district court ruling that had invalidated the delisting of Wyoming’s wolves. The district court had decided (wrongly) that Wyoming’s regulatory mechanisms were inadequate to conserve its gray wolf population after delisting.
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SCI Letter Prompts U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Reopen Comment Period on African Leopards

Feb 21, 2017
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) just informed SCI that it will be reopening the comment period on its recent 90-day finding on the listing status of African leopards. The FWS is opening this new comment period in response to a letter sent by SCI, informing the FWS of an error in the FWS’s original 90-day finding. SCI pointed out that FWS had incorrectly described the range of the leopards currently listed as threatened. FWS acknowledged the error and informed SCI that the FWS would be republishing a corrected version of the 90-day finding in May 2017.
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The Latest Information About African Leopards

Feb 07, 2017
On January 30, 2017, SCI and the SCI Foundation responded to the latest attempt by anti-hunting groups to interfere with sustainable use conservation. These animal rights groups have recently focused their efforts on African leopards. In November 2016, in response to a petition filed by the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, Center for Biological Diversity, International Fund for Animal Welfare and Fund for Animals, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a 90-day finding that an endangered listing for all African leopards currently listed as threatened “may be warranted.”
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Lawyers -- Did You Miss SCI’s 10th Annual Continuing Legal Education Course?

Feb 07, 2017
If you didn’t make it to SCI’s Wildlife Law Course at the SCI Convention last week, there’s still a chance for you to benefit from all the great presentations and materials.
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