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Signed Delist Pet

Signed Delist Pet

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Petition by the Pacific Legal Foundation
Petition by the Pacific Legal Foundation

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BEFORE THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR AND THE UNITED STATES FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICEIn the Matter of the Petition to Delist the Coastal California gnatcatcher (
Polioptila californica californica
)from the List of Threatened SpeciesUnder the Endangered Species Act
PETITION OF THE CENTER FORENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, ACCURACY ANDRELIABILITY; COALITION OF LABOR, AGRICULTURE,AND BUSINESS; PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION OFRIVERSIDE COUNTY; NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HOMEBUILDERS; AND THE CALIFORNIA BUILDING INDUSTRYASSOCIATION TO REMOVE THE COASTAL CALIFORNIAGNATCATCHER FROM THE LIST OF THREATENEDSPECIES UNDER THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT
ROBERT D. THORNTONCal. Bar No. 72934 Nossaman LLP18101 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 1800Irvine, California 92612Telephone: (949) 833-7800Facsimile: (949) 833-7878rthornton@nossaman.comAttorney for National Associationof Home Builders and CaliforniaBuilding Industry AssociationDAMIEN M. SCHIFFCal. Bar No. 235101Pacific Legal Foundation930 G StreetSacramento, California 95814Telephone: (916) 419-7111Facsimile: (916) 419-7747dms@pacificlegal.orgAttorney for the Center for Environmental Science, Accuracyand Reliability; Coalition of Labor,Agriculture, and Business; and PropertyOwners Association of Riverside County
 
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TABLE OF AUTHORITIES...................................iiiINTRODUCTION............................................1PETITIONERS..............................................9BACKGROUND............................................12A.The Convoluted Taxonomic Historyof the Coastal California Gnatcatcher....................12B.The 1993 Listing of the Coastal CaliforniaGnatcatcher: The Service Relies on Disputed Morphological Data To List a Subspecies.................14C.Litigation Regarding the 1993 Listing and Court-Ordered Release of Dr. Atwood’s MorphologicalData; Deposition of Dr. Atwood........................16D.The 2000 Zink, Barrowclough, Atwood, and Blackwell-Rago Analysis of Mitochondrial DNAIndicates That the Coastal California Gnatcatcher Is Not a Distinct Subspecies............................21E.The 2010 Delisting Petition............................23F.The Service Rejects the 2010 Delisting Petition and Continues To Rely on Contested Morphological Data.......25 NEW GENETIC ANALYSIS CONFIRMS THATTHE COASTAL CALIFORNIA GNATCATCHER IS A NOT A VALID SUBSPECIES........................27A.The Service Is Required To Delist aSpecies Where the Best Data AvailableShow That the Original Listing Was in Error..............27- i -
 
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B.Zink et al. (2000) and Zink et al. (2013)Constitute the Best Available Scientific Data..............28CONCLUSION.............................................32- ii -

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