Court: Oregon Illegally Denied Marbled Murrelet Endangered Species Protections

EUGENE, Ore.— An Oregon judge has issued a decision concluding the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission violated state law in denying a petition filed by five conservation groups demanding the commission uplist the murrelet from threatened to endangered under the Oregon Endangered Species Act.

Lane County Circuit Court Judge Lauren Holland concluded the Fish and Wildlife Commission illegally changed its decision after first voting to accept the petition to list the murrelet as endangered.

The groups petitioned the commission to uplist the marbled murrelet in 2016. The commission voted 4-2 in February to accept the petition to increase more at

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