Nez Perce National Forest mulls changes to N. Idaho grazing allotment

Lewiston, Idaho (AP) – Officials with the Nez Perce National
Forest say they will consider modifying or ending domestic sheep
grazing on a tract of public land east of Riggins.

Forest officials said Monday they will write a new environmental
impact statement to determine if domestic sheep grazing poses a
threat to native bighorn sheep on the north side of the Salmon
River canyon.

Sheep grazing on the so-called Allison-Berg grazing allotment
has been banned since 2007 when a federal judge ruled domestic
sheep put wild bighorns at risk of contracting a deadly respiratory
disease.

A sheep grazing plan was approved for the 40,000-acre tract in
1996. But at the time, forest officials didn’t believe native
bighorns roamed the area.

But forest officials say conditions have changed and it’s time
to do a full environmental review.

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