TWS Retains Involvement with Invasive Species Case

A nonnative Burmese python. Image Credit: Kevin Enge, Florida Fish and Wildlife, licensed by cc 2.0

The Wildlife Society (TWS), The Center for Invasive Species Prevention (CISP), and Natural Areas Association (NAA) have filed an amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals in the case of United Stated Association of Reptile Keepers (USARK) v. Jewell. An amicus brief, also known as a “friend of the court” brief, is used by parties with a vested interest in a case to offer information on how a ruling may impact their organization and the public interest. This case began in United States District Court with USARK’s successful attempt to block the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) listing of eight nonnative snake species as injurious under the Lacey Act. TWS, CISP, and NAA also filed an amicus brief in this court proceeding in favor of DOI’s actions. With the appeals case, DOI is attempting to get the injunction on regulating these injurious species lifted.

Read more about this case on our website.