The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a short time ago it will again withdraw its proposal to list as threatened the Southwest Washington/Columbia River distinct population segment of coastal cutthroat trout.
Initially proposed for listing as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act in 1999, the service withdrew the proposal to list this population in 2002 after determining the trout were more numerous than previously known and not declining in number as had been thought. A district court upheld this decision in 2005, but the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the district court. In July 2008, the …