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9th Circuit upholds bighorn protection plan in Idaho

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling reducing domestic sheep grazing on the Payette National Forest by about 70 percent to protect bighorn sheep from diseases. The three-judge panel said the U.S. Forest Service met the requirement of federal law in making its decision to reduce sheep grazing in the west-central Idaho area. The Idaho Wool Growers Association, American Sheep Industry Association and other groups as well as several Idaho sheep ranchers in a 2012 lawsuit contended the Forest Service failed to consider whether disease is transmitted between bighorn and domestic sheep. But a federal judge for the District of Idaho in 2014 rejected that argument.

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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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