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Expansion of Hunting on Federal Wildlife Refuges Draws Lawsuit

Nov. 29, 2021, 8:30 PM

The Trump-administration illegally expanded hunting and fishing on national wildlife refuges and put protected species and their habitats at risk, an environmental group told a Montana federal court Monday.

The rule finalized in August 2020 opened or expanded more than 2.3 million acres of refuge land to hunting or fishing, according to the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to study the rule’s effect on endangered or threatened species in violation of the Endangered Species Act, the Center for Biological Diversity told the court. The agency specifically ...

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