Wildlife law covers the management of and legal protections for biological diversity. It analyzes the property and constitutional underpinnings of Montana and federal wildlife laws, looks at examples and structures of Montana regulation of wildlife, and examines American Indians’ rights to, and control over, wildlife resources. After discussing state, federal and tribal management of wildlife, the course will turn to an in-depth look at the Endangered Species Act. The course also focuses on several other federal statutes, including the Lacey Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act. Additionally, the course will briefly cover international efforts to protect biodiversity.
This course is approved for and counts toward completion of the Environmental and Natural Resources Certificate.