COURT COMPELS FOREST SERVICE TO PROTECT JACKSON ELK HERD FROM ENCROACHING DISEASE THREATS

Late last week, on behalf of Western Watersheds Project, Sierra Club, Wyoming Wildlife Advocates, and Gallatin Wildlife Association, our firm won a decisive victory from the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming concerning the deleterious practice of artificial feeding of the Jackson elk herd in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.  In 2015, the United States Forest Service issued a decision permitting the State of Wyoming to continue for more than a decade unnaturally concentrating thousands of elk on a feedground on national forest lands, but in that decision the Forest Service refused to analyze the impacts of the federal government’s contribution to the rapid spread of lethal chronic wasting disease and less harmful alternatives that would slow disease spread and transition elk to natural forage by phasing out the practice of artificial feeding on federal land.  The court ruled in favor of the conservation organizations, and on that basis vacated and remanded the decision to the Forest Service.  The ruling can be found here.

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