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Owl Habitat Reduction Draws Conservation Groups’ Lawsuit (1)

March 24, 2021, 4:55 PM; Updated: March 24, 2021, 5:07 PM

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to reduce the amount of protected habitat for threatened northern spotted owls wasn’t thoroughly explained, environmental conservation groups said in a new lawsuit filed in federal district court in Oregon.

The agency didn’t start a new economic analysis to support the reduction, considered irrelevant factors, and relied on its discretionary authority under the Endangered Species Act to exclude areas from the birds’ critical habitat, the Audubon Society of Portland and other groups said in their Tuesday complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.

The groups, which include the Sierra ...

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