US drops appeal of ruling banning some sheep grazing

{{featured_button_text}} .tnt-restrict-img-88adcce7-f5c2-5c43-a412-97a75730e1d4 { max-width: 1669px; }

Sheep huddle together in a field on a hot August afternoon on the ranch near Glen. 

Meagan Thompson, The Montana Standard KEITH RIDLER Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho — U.S. officials and a sheep industry group have dropped their appeals of a court ruling preventing sheep grazing in western Montana and eastern Idaho by a sheep research facility long targeted by environmental groups concerned about potential harm to grizzly bears and other wildlife.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month granted a request by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station and Colorado-based American Sheep Industry Association to drop the appeals filed earlier this year.

They had sought to overturn a ruling in April by Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald E. Bush that the government hadn’t adequately examined all of the impacts with its 2017 environmental review allowing the grazing.

U.S. officials opted to drop their appeals first and were followed shortly after by the association. The U.S. Department of Justice, which represents federal agencies in lawsuits, didn’t

View Source