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Conservation groups announce intent to sue Fish and Wildlife over caribou

The Center for Biological Diversity, joined by the Spokane-based Lands Council, on Wednesday announced its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for “failing to finalize endangered species protections and designate critical habitat for Southern Mountain caribou.”

Lawsuit forces U.S. to decide if nine species are endangered

The U.S. government agreed last week to decide over the next several years if federal protections are needed to help a small, fanged predator of the Northern Rockies, massive alligator snapping turtles in the South and seven other troubled species that in some cases have awaited action for years.

Judge tells agency to reconsider decision on caribou habitat

A federal judge on Monday ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider a decision that reduced critical habitat for the South Selkirk caribou herd by 90 percent. Six environmental groups sued the agency over its 2013 decision to designate 30,000 acres of habitat as critical to the recovery of the last caribou herd in the Lower 48 states, instead of the 375,000 acres originally proposed.

Group seeks to reintroduce grizzlies to Selway-Bitterroots

An environmental group has petitioned the federal government to reintroduce grizzly bears to the Selway-Bitterroot mountains of Idaho and Montana, saying the region is critical to the bears’ recovery in the Lower 48 states. Re-establishing grizzlies in the Selway-Bitterroots would provide a link between genetically isolated bear populations in Yellowstone National Park and the Northern Rockies, said Andrea Santarsiere, the Center for Biological Diversity’s staff attorney. Past studies indicate that the 16 million-acre region could support 300 to 600 grizzlies.