Suit For Sage Grouse Protection Can Proceed: Judge

Law360, New York (July 1, 2011, 6:37 PM EDT) -- An Idaho federal judge ruled Thursday that a conservation group’s suit seeking U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protection for the declining greater sage grouse population must proceed, despite the government’s objections.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill rejected the FWS’ request to delay the case until settlements become final in a related matter.

Plaintiffs Western Watersheds Project, WildEarth Guardians and the Center for Biological Diversity filed suit in April, seeking to force the service to classify the sage grouse as an endangered species. They allege the FWS...
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