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Washington Cattlemen Sound Alarm Over Wolf Suit

Article by By DON JENKINS Capital Press


The Washington Cattlemen's Association has inserted itself into a lawsuit filed by wolf advocates, warning that if the U.S. Forest Service and the Diamond M ranch lose, other ranchers will lose too.


The lawsuit pending in U.S. District Court for Eastern Washington has broad implications, according to an amicus brief filed March 5 by the association, the state's largest group of cattlemen.


If the suit drives the Diamond M off the Colville National Forest, it will set a precedent, making grazing secondary to wildlife in national forests, particularly wherever wolves roam, according to the cattlemen's association.


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