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Otter, Legislature sue feds over sage grouse decision, rules

 Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and the state Legislature today filed a lawsuit over the Obama Administration’s sage grouse ruling, even though it found that endangered species protections for the sage grouse were “not warranted.” The lawsuit contends the process behind amendments to federal land-use plans aimed at protecting the birds imposed unprecedented and unnecessary restrictions on Idaho farmers and ranchers, sportsmen, recreationists, employers and others.

“We didn’t want an ESA listing, but in many ways these administrative rules are worse,” Otter said. You can read his full announcement here, including a link to the lawsuit complaint.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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