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By Johnathan Hettinger
Montana Free Press 

Wildlife Services to cut back killings pending environmental review


Pamela Manns / USDA

Wildlife Services employees Dave Fowler and Craig Acres unspool turbo fladry for installation on Walton Ranch in Wyoming in 2016.

Wildlife Services, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that annually kills thousands of wild animals across Montana, will at least temporarily cut back on how and where it kills animals such as bears, wolves and coyotes in the state under a settlement reached Thursday with WildEarth Guardians.

The settlement applies to wildlife in protected areas like Wilderness Areas and National Wildlife Refuges, and also halts the use of sodium cyanide bombs on public land and private land in 41 counties until Wildlife Services conducts an updated environmental analysis. The agency will also...

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