The Idaho Wool Growers Association and Shirts Brothers Sheep filed a lawsuit against the Idaho Department of Fish and Game concerning bighorn sheep management.
In the lawsuit filed earlier this week, the groups contend Fish and Game has not lived up to a 1997 agreement the groups say was designed to protect domestic sheep growers from potential adverse effects to their businesses from bighorn sheep introductions.
The lawsuit comes several months after the Payette National Forest released a set of proposed updates to its plan to keep domestic sheep from intermingling with wild bighorns, citing disease transmission.
One alternative in the draft calls for reducing domestic grazing by about 60 percent in Hells Canyon and allotments in the Salmon River Canyon.
Reprinted from Associated Press