Most of the joint plaintiffs challenging the listing of the polar bear filed for writs with the Supreme Court on February 29, 2013. Yours truly is the designated “Counsel of Record,” as Conservation Force spearheaded the preparation of the brief. The petitioners joining in the plea to the Supreme Court to hear the case are Conservation Force, Safari Club International, Safari Club International Foundation, African Safari Club of Florida, Ameri-Cana Expeditions, Arviat Hunters and Trappers Organization, Mark Beeler, Canada North Outfitting, Dallas Safari Club, Timothy Decker, Chris Hanks, Henik Lake Adventures, Don Hershey, Steve Hornady, Houston Safari Club, Inuvialuit Game Council, William Keene, Ron Kreider, Allyn Ladd, Ethel Leedy, Everett Madson, Nanuk Outfitting, Aaron Neilson, Louie Nigiyok (Arctic Hills Tours Company), Major Roger Oerter, Bradley Pritz, Kevin Reid, Robert Remillard, Resolute Bay Hunters and Trappers Organization, Jeff Sevor, Steve Smith, Ted Stallings, Larry Steiner, Darwin J. Vander Esch, Joseph Verni (Natura Sport), Tim Walters, Webb Outfitting Nunavut and Congress of Racial Equality.
All but SCI, SCI Foundation and the Congress of Racial Equality are represented by Conservation Force. The State of Alaska and the California Cattlemen’s Association, who have been plaintiffs through the District Court and US District Court of Appeals, are not participating. Many of the parties have been very supportive of Conservation Force and the effort to contend with the listing, particularly Dallas Safari Club, appearing at Congressional hearings and behind the scenes.
The Supreme Court accepts few of the many thousands of petitions it receives each year, but the joint plaintiffs have made a monumental effort.