The Forest Service has failed to update allotment management plans or conduct impact analyses for the seven allotments despite previous conflicts between grizzly bears and domestic sheep, which has left at least one grizzly bear dead. Bighorn sheep in the area are at risk of contracting domestic sheep diseases. The agency needs to consider new ways to protect the wild animals from domestic livestock, including a fresh look at removing private sheep from these areas.
Today's amended complaint (PDF) claims that the agency violated the National Forest Management Act by the Forest Plan's failure to ensure the viability of the bighorn populations and violated the National Environmental Policy Act for failing to consider the new facts regarding the presence of bighorn and previous conflicts between domestic sheep and grizzly bears.
WWP is represented by Cottonwood Environmental Law Center in Bozeman.