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For decades, politicians and environmental activists justified imposing limits on land use based on the premise that we must help endangered species recover. Now, we learn a recovered species needs the same protections. The premise — and promise — of the Endangered Species Act is no more. And the government’s trampling of the rights of a Minnesota retiree and many others leaves us all worse off.

Rob L. Rivett is president of the nonprofit Pacific Legal Foundation and Damien M. Schiff is an attorney with the organization. The foundation represented Edward Contoski in his case against the government. For more information on the case, please visit