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Utah Overgrazing Allowed Due to Extremist Threats, Suit Alleges

Nov. 21, 2019, 3:45 PM

The U.S. Forest Service is allowing overgrazing on Utah’s Monroe Mountain that damages plant and wildlife species in order to placate anti-government ranchers, an environmental organization charged.

Western Watersheds Project filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah challenging the Forest Service’s decisions to issue temporary grazing permits and annual operating instructions for certain grazing allotments on the mountain.

The Forest Service’s actions have been influenced by “threats made by a handful of scofflaw grazing permittees,” the Nov. 20 complaint alleged.

“Stoked by the anti-government rhetoric of Cliven Bundy and other fringe extremists, these particular...

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