Cattle Grazing Not Causing Trout Decline, Ore. Judge Says

Law360, New York (October 4, 2017, 4:35 PM EDT) -- An Oregon magistrate judge on Tuesday came down in favor of the U.S. Forest Service and livestock owners in a suit brought against them by environmental groups alleging a policy allowing cattle to graze alongside a trout habitat reduced the population to just 100 fish, saying there’s no evidence the grazing has caused a decline in fish numbers.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Papak recommended in a findings brief that the district court reject the Oregon Natural Desert Association and the Center for Biological Diversity’s motion for summary judgment and instead grant the government and several grazing permittees’ bid for a quick...

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