California Mountain Lion Hearing, Off Again (Again)
In August 2014, Safari Club International sued two California officials over the State’s ban on the importation and possession of mountain lions hunted outside of California. The State asked the federal district court in Sacramento to dismiss our case. A hearing on the motion was first scheduled for February 2, 2015. In January 2015, the Court allowed two anti-hunting groups to participate in the case as an amicus curiae and the Court rescheduled the hearing for March 30th.
A few days before the hearing date, the Court rescheduled it again — this time for April 20th. Just four days before the hearing was to take place, the Court cancelled the hearing altogether. The judge later granted the request but allowed SCI to amend its complaint. After SCI filed an amended complaint with extensive new allegations about the adverse impacts of the import ban, the State again requested dismissal. After further briefing, a hearing was scheduled for September 28, 2015. Once again, the Court cancelled a week before the hearing. We expect a ruling in the next couple of months and will keep you posted.