Threatened lynx to get more habitat protection
By Moosetrack Megan
A U.S. federal Judge in Missoula ruled Wednesday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife did not properly assess habitat for lynx under the Endangered Species Act for areas of national forest in Montana, Idaho and Colorado.
Environmental groups argued that all of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge, Bitterroot, Nez Perce, Clearwater and Idaho Panhandle national forests, as well as parts of the Helena and Lolo national forests, were excluded from agency analysis in its 2014 lynx critical habitat decision.
The judge’s decision found that all of the habitat except the Clearwater should have habitat protections.