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HELENA, Mont. — A judge is expected to make a ruling this week on whether the first grizzly bear hunting season to be held in the Lower 48 states in more than four decades will open as scheduled on Saturday outside Yellowstone National Park. Wildlife advocates and Native American tribes will appear in court Thursday to urge U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen to reinstate federal protections that were lifted last year for approximately 700 grizzlies living in and around Yellowstone. They are asking him to do so before the hunts begin this weekend in Wyoming and Idaho. By Matt Volz. SENT: 849 words, photo.
BI-STATE SAGE GROUSE-ESA RULING
RENO, Nev. — A U.S. judge who earlier ruled federal wildlife officials illegally denied Endangered Species Act protection for a population of bi-state sage grouse in California and Nevada in 2015 has reinstated the proposed listing of the bird as threatened until a new review determines whether it’s on the brink of extinction. In the meantime, U.S. District Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero in San Francisco also ordered on Friday reinstatement of the proposed designation of more than 2,800 square miles (7,200 square kilometers) of critical habitat along the Sierra’s eastern front. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 644 words, photo.
OF MONTANA INTEREST:
LOS ANGELES — With America’s multibillion-dollar marijuana industry beginning to flower, cannabis advocates are trying to dispel the idea that people who toke up still live in their parents’ basements and spend their days eating Cheetos and playing video games. By John Rogers and Krysta Fauria. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.
CRASH VICTIMS IDENTIFIED — A Montana coroner has identified the two 17 year olds that were killed in a crash outside of Lewistown in central Montana.
TALC PLANT LOCKOUT— Management and union workers at a talc-milling plant in Three Forks plan to resume contract negotiations amid a worker lockout that’s lasted nearly a month.
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