SAN FRANCISCO — A coalition of environmental groups filed suit against the California Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday in the latest attempt to stop the resumption of mountain lion hunting in the state.
The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco Superior Court, asked the court to set aside last month's commission decision authorizing the first legal mountain lion hunting season in the state since 1971.
The commission approved the resumed hunting on the basis of research that was "fundamentally flawed and unscientific," the suit claims.
The environmentalists also charged the commission with violating the California Environmental Quality Act by not conducting a formal environmental impact review. The hunting issue "deserves a full environmental impact review analysis," said Michael H. Remy, attorney for the coalition, which includes the Mountain Lion Preservation Fund and the Sierra Club.
Bob Treanor, the commission's assistant executive secretary, said he had not yet read the suit but denied that the decision violates any environmental regulations. "Because it was a sensitive issue, the commission probably went to greater lengths (than usual) to e1853060466governmental codes," Treanor said.