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Groups sue over bull trout recovery plan

By The Associated Press
Published On: Apr 04 2014 02:55:18 PM MDT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Two Montana environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to develop a recovery plan for bull trout, which were listed as a threatened species in the northwestern United States in the late 1990s.

The Endangered Species Act requires final plans for the recovery of a species should be published within 2.5 years of listing.

The Alliance for the Wild Rockies notified the wildlife agency a year ago that it was going to sue over the lack of a recovery plan. That suit was delayed after supervisors said a draft plan would be ready by January 2014. A draft was not released.

The Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Friends of the Wild Swan filed their complaint Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland, Ore