Federal Court Ends “McKittrick Policy”

On 21 June 2017, a federal judge threw out the Department of Justice’s flawed “McKittrick Policy.” This policy was used to justify federal actions whereby the government only prosecuted killers of animals on the Endangered Species Act’s (ESA) list of imperiled species when it could prove the killer knew the exact biological identity of the species s/he was harming. Because of this defective policy, the government has recently declined to prosecute people who killed critically endangered Mexican wolves, gray wolves (like “Echo” the Grand Canyon wolf, who was shot by a coyote hunter), whooping cranes, condors, and grizzly bears.

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