Defending the Constitutionality of the Endangered Species Act: The Case of the Utah Prairie Dog

"On the Merits"--Washington Legal Foundation, June 6, 2015

3 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2015

Date Written: June 6, 2015

Abstract

People for the Ethical Treatment of Property Owners (PETPO) challenged the application of Endangered Species Act's "take" provision to the the listed Utah prairie dog, a species found wholly within the state of Utah. A district court agreed with PETPO that the regulation exceeded Constitution's commerce clause authority, and the case is now before the Tenth Circuit. This brief comment encapsulates arguments made in support of the constitutionality of the application of the take provision to the species by an amicus brief submitted by over 40 law professors.

Keywords: endangered species, environmental law, Constitution, commerce clause, property rights

JEL Classification: K11, K23, K32, O29, Q15, Q24, Q28

Suggested Citation

Blumm, Michael C., Defending the Constitutionality of the Endangered Species Act: The Case of the Utah Prairie Dog (June 6, 2015). "On the Merits"--Washington Legal Foundation, June 6, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2615357 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2615357

Michael C. Blumm (Contact Author)

Lewis & Clark Law School ( email )

10015 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd.
Portland, OR 97219
United States
503-768-6824 (Phone)
503-768-6701 (Fax)

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