As far as the State of California is concerned, a bee is really a fish.
Several public interest groups sued the Fish & Game Commission to declare four species of bumble bee endangered. The case swam upstream to the Third District Court of Appeal. The Court decided it was time for the State to fish or cut bait as far as declaring endangered our dwindling bumble bee population.
The appeals court held that a “fish” as defined by the Endangered Species Act was not limited solely to aquatic species. Therefore, the word “fish” includes bumble bees and bumble bees may be declared endangered species.
This old farm dog agrees the Court reached the right outcome to protect the bees. I just hope the Third District never has to decide whether a dog is really a cat.
Noreen M. Evans, partner at Evans Kingsbury LLP, specializes in appeals and writs in both the California state courts and federal courts. Together, Noreen and Deirdre Kingsbury bring decades of appellate experience to your case with a winning track record that speaks for itself.