Fight Continues for the Right to Graze Sheep in the Gravely Mountains
May 27, 2016

As reported by NorthernAg, on Thursday the Helle and Rebish/Konen families continued their fight for the right to graze sheep in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

Last year, the Gallatin Wildlife Association filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to prohibit domestic sheep grazing on two allotments in the Gravelly Mountains of southwest Montana. The group alleges the Forest Service is violating the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act and the National Forest Management Act because the presence of domestic sheep is preventing the return of bighorn sheep to the area.

The lawyers for both sides gave their oral briefs in front of Judge Brian Morris May 26 in Butte, Mont.

To follow the history of the lawsuit, go to

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