AR-News: (US AZ) Settlement Over Arizona Mountain Lion Killing 'Study'

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Fri Mar 12 15:25:59 EST 2004

Friday March 12, 10:12 am ET 
Agencies Agree to Examine Real Causes of Declining Bighorn Sheep Populations, 
Rather than Sanction Killing of Lions 
WASHINGTON, March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Eight animal protection and conservation 
organizations have reached a settlement with the federal government in a suit 
challenging the killing of mountain lions in the Four Peaks Wilderness Area 
of the Tonto National Forest in southeastern Arizona. The groups had argued 
that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service violated the 
National Environmental Policy Act, the Wilderness Act, and other laws by 
authorizing, assisting, and funding the Arizona Game and Fish Department's project to 
kill mountain lions essentially to "study" the impact of those killings on the 
bighorn sheep population. The settlement includes the following: 

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