Otter appeals dismissal of Idaho sage grouse lawsuit

FILE - In this April 22, 2015 file photo, a male sage grouse struts in the early morning hours outside Baggs, Wyo. Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is appealing the dismissal of his sage grouse lawsuit against the federal government. Otter sued in September 2015 after federal officials opted not to list sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act but announced federal land-use restrictions. (Dan Cepeda/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP, File)

BOISE — Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has appealed the dismissal of his sage grouse lawsuit, saying the state was not speculating about the damage that implementing the current federal sage grouse plans will have on private and public lands.

Master of McNeil tells how he learned to trust bears

McNeil River Sanctuary staff member Derek Stonorov takes a nap while a 14-year-old Alaskan brown bear passes by the observation area. Bear manager Larry Aumiller spent more than 30 years working with bears at the famous salmon river, setting up boundaries that both animals and people could work with. (Courtesy Larry Aumiller)

Larry Aumiller spent 40 years trying to come to terms with the expression on the Boone and Crockett Club’s bear statue.

International Film Festival coming to I.F.

Spencer Higa hauls in a brown trout in Iceland during filming of “The Hidden” by Western Waters Media. The film will show Saturday at the International Fly Fishing Film Festival IF4 at the Paramount Theater in Idaho Falls. Courtesy International Fly Fishing Festival

The International Fly Fishing Film Festival IF4 will stop Saturday in Idaho Falls for the sixth straight year.

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