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Forest Service Sued Over Grazing in Grizzly Bear Habitat (1)

March 31, 2020, 7:50 PMUpdated: March 31, 2020, 8:41 PM

The U.S. Forest Service’s decision to allow livestock grazing in grizzly bear habitat based on a flawed biological opinion issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is putting the bears at risk in violation of the Endangered Species Act, conservation groups say in a new federal lawsuit filed in Washington Tuesday.

FWS concluded in its 2019 biological opinion that the livestock grazing authorization in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming wouldn’t jeopardize grizzly bears, based on the Forest Service’s commitment to implement various conservation measures.

But because FWS relies on those who get the livestock permits to carry out ...