USDA Makes Deal to Stop Killing Nevada Predators

Law360, New York (October 6, 2016, 2:24 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture agreed Wednesday to halt a predator-killing program in Nevada and phase out the environmental review it was based on under a settlement agreement with WildEarth Guardians, which puts an end to claims that were revived by the Ninth Circuit.

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service had drawn fire from the environmental group in a 2012 lawsuit that claimed some of the nation's "most majestic animals" were "poisoned, trapped and gunned down" by the agency's Wildlife Service program. The parties stipulated the dismissal of the suit Wednesday, with the USDA agreeing to stop the program...

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