A conservation group has filed a lawsuit to stop a timber sale in the Kootenai National Forest contending it could harm grizzly bear populations in western Montana and northern Idaho.
The Missoulian reports (http://bit.ly/1aSTKhB) that the Alliance for the Wild Rockies filed the lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Missoula.
The group says the Pilgrim timber sale will open 50 miles of roads in the Cabinet Ranger District.
The group says the grizzly bear population in the Cabinet-Yaak is about 50 grizzlies, half the target population set by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.