'Dusky Gopher Frog' Case Falls on Deaf Ears at Appeals Court
Feb 15, 2017 11:21 AM EST
The "dusky gopher frog" is an endangered species that is currently facing factors that determine its future. The federal appeals court in New Orleans, however, refuses to revive an environmental case concerning the species.
Earlier this year, some news about an endangered for species circulated the media which heavily determines how it will fair in the coming years to come or if it will disappear off the face of the planet. It hasn't been a complete lost for the "dusky gopher frog", as ABC News reports that advocates for the frog have won a victory for a case that is on its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The frogs at one point were found in Alabama and Louisiana, but are now mostly seen in some parts of Mississippi. The full court had recently voted 8-6 against hearing the case concerning the "dusky gopher frog", referring to a session held last year in Louisiana where a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a business attempt from Louisiana that would have attempted to keep its timberland from being listed as an essential for the frog's future from the federal government.
According to CBS News, one of the judges is standing for the case to be reopened for other members of the court to hear. Judge Edith Jones has made her stance with vivid clarity, brandishing a 30-page dissent on behalf of the six-member minority. One of her major arguments includes what is necessary for the "dusky gopher frog's" survival.
It has been made evident that something about the pond in Louisiana is crucial for the "dusky gopher frog's" survival, as well as a reason for the Appeals court to not want to hear re-heard the case. Sources state that one of the reasons for this is that the appeals court majority has incorrectly applied the federal law.
Furthermore, stating that the landowner should not be prohibited from developing land where the frog is unable to grow naturally and thrive. The future for the frog species is brighter knowing that a team of people that care about the wellbeing of the frog species are continuing to support the re-hearing of the case.