9th Circuit banned hovercraft decision
A three judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Monday ruled, for the second time, that the National Park Service can ban hovercraft within national preserves in Alaska.
The decision is the latest development in the suit brought by John Sturgeon, the Anchorage hunter who sued the Park Service after the feds banned his hovercraft from the Yukon-Charly Rivers National Reserve in 2007.
The 9th Circuit ruled against Sturgeon in 2014, and he appealed to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court sent it back to the 9th Circuit last year.
Sturgeon tells KTVA the decision came as no surprise, considering the panel's earlier decision. He says the panel disregarded the Supreme Court's instructions that The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) and the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, treat Alaska differently than preserves in the Lower 48.
Sturgeon says he's reviewing his options, which include appealing Monday's decision to the entire 9th Circuit -- or back to the supreme court.