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Supreme Court Justices Take Pass on Endangered Species Suit (1)

Jan. 11, 2021, 2:57 PM; Updated: Jan. 11, 2021, 6:35 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to revive a commerce clause challenge to federal protections for the rare, spider-like Bone Cave harvestman, which lives only in Texas.

The justices’ Monday decision means the court will sidestep the question as to whether federal regulation of the intrastate species under the Endangered Species Act exceeds Congress’ power under the commerce clause. The arachnids are known to only live in caves in Travis and Williamson counties in Texas.

Williamson County and individual John Yearwood filed their lawsuit after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rejected their petition to delist the species. Yearwood said the ...

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