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Unanimous Supreme Court rules USFWS can’t designate potential habitat as ESA “critical habitat”

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a federal appeals court to take a new look at a fight over private land in Louisiana that’s been designated a critical habitat for a tiny frog.

In an 8-0 ruling, the court said the Endangered Species Act allows the government to designate private land as “critical habitat” for endangered species only if it is a habitat for species.

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