Judge: Yellowstone grizzly lawsuits to proceed as hunt looms

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge says lawsuits from environmentalists and American Indians who want to restore protections for Yellowstone-area grizzly bears can move forward.

U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen on Tuesday denied a request by the Interior Department to put the lawsuits on hold.

Attorneys for the agency had argued they needed time to review last year’s decision to lift protections for the animals.

Advocates for restoring protections said a delay would have hurt...

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