November 14, 2019 / 12:56 AM / 23 days ago

IN BRIEF: Group to sue Interior Dept over most trafficked mammal

A coalition of wildlife groups have filed a notice of intent to sue the Department of Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over delays in responding to petitions to treat the pangolin, a heavily-trafficked mammal, as endangered.

The Service violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Administrative Procedure Act by missing deadlines including to issue a finding on a 2015 petition by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), the Natural Resources Defense Council and three other groups, said in their notice.

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