The leases sought are in the Brent Creek and Lava Mountain/Sheridan Pass areas, where grizzly bears, lynx and gray wolves are known to live.
The groups, led by the Wyoming Outdoor Council, include the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Wyoming Wildlife Federation, Jackson Hole Alliance and the Dubois Wildlife Association. They say wildlife requires the highest protection possible, and that the agency has neglected environmental laws. They have filed an administrative appeal asking the agency to hold off on reviewing lease applications.
For more information, contact the Wyoming Outdoor Council at 307/332-7031 or the Lander Forest Service office at 307/332-5460.
* Emily Miller