10-20-2009 - Lynx lawsuit
Good afternoon - Here are the latest developments in the ongoing efforts by the plaintiffs in the lynx lawsuit to stop us from trapping. As you already know, plaintiffs filed a motion with the court for a temporary restraining order on October 10th, asking the court to shut down the two-week fox and coyote season (scheduled for October 18th through October 31st). When they didn't receive an immediate response from the court, they filed a second motion - this one was filed on October 19th, the second day of the fox and coyote season. Their new motion for a temporary restraining order asked the court to immediately stop the current canine season and to delay the start of the regular trapping season until the court issues a decion on the entire lawsuit (a decision the court had hoped to be able to issue around the first of September). Earlier today, the court denied both of the plainiff's motions. Judge Woodcock issued a five page decision on the two latest motions, concluding with the following comments:
"The record in this and the predecessor case should confirm that the Court has conscientiously attempted to give careful and thorough attention to the issues the parties have raised. Just last December, the Court concluded that the Plaintiffs had not sustained their burden to justify the extraordinary remedy of an injunction following the DIFW’s court-ordered tightening of its trapping regulations. The circumstances that led the Court to deny the Plaintiffs’ emergency motion for a temporary restraining order have not changed. The regulations remain as they did in December and, as there has been no trapping, the facts on the ground are the same. The Plaintiffs have therefore failed to provide a justification for revisiting the December 16, 2008 Order. Although the Court can appreciate Plaintiffs’ frustration, the issues before the Court are unusually complex, require shifting through a voluminous record, and applying nuanced, intricate and contested principles of law. The Court assures counsel for the Plaintiffs that it is acutely aware of their desire for a speedy decision, but has opted for a considered, rather than an immediate opinion. At the same time, the Court reminds counsel for the Plaintiffs that their case is not the only one the Court has pending before it."
"The Court DENIES the Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction to Enjoin the Early Fox and Coyote Trapping Season for 2009 (Docket # 107); and Plaintiffs’ Motion for Temporary Restraining Order to Enjoin the Early Fox and Coyote Trapping Season, and, if Necessary, Postpone the Regular Trapping Season (Docket # 109)."
Although both of the latest motions have been denied, which is great news, we still have no indication as to when we'll get a decision on the lawsuit itself. Based on the comments in the latest decision, it may be quite a while before we hear anything further. When something new develops, I'll let you know. In the meantime, keep trapping and have fun! Skip (Note: Am sending this message to several different lists of people, so you may receive it more than once.)