Judge: New Endangered-Species Agreement Not Yet Finished


A federal judge says a new endangered-species agreement, encompassing more than 200 species, isn't yet ready. U.S. District Judge Emmett Sullivan stayed an agreement between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and WildEarth Guardians until mid-June and ordered the parties to craft a new agreement to include yet another environmental organization, The Center for Biological Diversity. The CBD had claimed the original agreement was "too weak and too vague," and ultimately unenforceable.

The former deal would have determined whether to list the greater sage grouse as endangered, which could affect public land use in south-central Idaho. The sage grouse has been conisdered for endangered-species protection for decades.