Wildlife advocates appeal to 9th Circuit to halt predator killings

Oct 4 2013 - 2:28pm



RENO, Nev.-- Conservationists are appealing a federal judge's rejection of their lawsuit in Nevada aimed at shutting down a U.S. program that spends $100 million a year nationally to kill coyotes, mountain lions and other predators that threaten livestock.

U.S. District Judge Miranda Du dismissed in March most of WildEarth Guardians' claims the program is illegal because it relies on outdated scientific data, some of it two decades old.

But Du said, among other things, shutting down the federal operations in Nevada wouldn't provide the critics any relief because the state indicated it would do the work itself.

WildEarth's appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals says Nevada doesn't have the resources to continue all the work. State wildlife spokesman Chris Healy told The Associated Press Friday they probably are right.

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