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Forest Needs New Grizzly Land-Use Standard: Court

Law360 (January 7, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that the U.S. Forest Service must reconsider the standard it uses to decide whether snowmobiling and other land uses harm grizzly bears in a Montana national forest.

The appeals court vacated and remanded the district court's grant of summary judgment for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and fellow defendants Tuesday in a suit brought by Swan View Coalition and other environmental groups over the Flathead National Forest supervisor's decision to open certain mountain passes...
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