An environmental group has filed another legal challenge over the federal government's decision not to give the sage grouse protection under the Endangered Species Act.
In March, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ruled the sage grouse warranted threatened or endangered status, but formal listing under the law was precluded by other agency priorities.
Western Watersheds Project filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Boise, Idaho, Friday.
Last week, U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill denied the group's request challenging the listing deferral, ruling that federal officials complied with an earlier court order and that he sees "no extraordinary circumstances" that would require him to reconsider earlier decisions.
Reprinted in part from Associated Press