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Oregon Wild lawsuit claims timber sale is too close to wolves' den

 Posted: 2:55 PM June 19, 2014

GRANTS PASS — A conservation group is challenging a national forest timber sale because it may be too close to the den where Oregon's famous wandering wolf, OR-7, is raising pups.

Oregon Wild filed the lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Medford against the U.S. Forest Service over the Bybee timber sale on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in southwestern Oregon.

It asks a judge to order a closer examination of the harm logging may do not only to potential wilderness and spotted owls, but to wolf habitat, as well.

After years of wandering across Oregon and Northern California, OR-7 found a mate last winter in the southern Cascades, establishing the first known pack there since the 1940s.

The Forest Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

— Jeff Barnard, Associated Press


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