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Monday, September 29,2014

Game change: industry appeals Battle Mountain decision

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
The livestock industry has officially dug in with an appeal of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) policy for drought response in Nevada—and has shed light on some troubling application of federal law by the agency. While the decision industry is appealing currently affects only a handful of ranching families in northern Nevada, the BLM’s conduct has industry leaders worried about the larger implications for producers west-wide.

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Monday, September 29,2014

Governor acts as judge puts WY wolves back on protection list

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last week, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., sent a clear message to the state of Wyoming reiterating who’s really in charge of species protection. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson put Wyoming wolves back under federal protection, despite Wyoming’s recent wolf management plan that declared wolves unprotected. Berman’s ruling sided with national environmental groups that had argued Wyoming’s management plan afforded insufficient protection for what they still consider an endangered species.

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