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Otter & Co sue over sage grouse

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock gestures while speaking at a gathering where the formal announcement was made that the greater sage grouse, a ground-dwelling bird whose vast range spans 11 Western states, does not need federal protections, at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, in Commerce City, Colo., Tuesday. At back, left to right, are Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, and rancher Duane Coombs. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock gestures while speaking at a gathering where the formal announcement was made that the greater sage grouse, a ground-dwelling bird whose vast range spans 11 Western states, does not need federal protections, at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, in Commerce City, Colo., Tuesday. At back, left to right, are Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, and rancher Duane Coombs. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: How many lawsuits has Butch Otter's Gang lost in a row now?



D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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