The Fund and other animal protection and conservation organizations have reached a settlement with the federal government in a suit challenging the killing of mountain lions in the Four Peaks Wilderness Area of the Tonto National Forest in southeastern Arizona. The groups had argued that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service violated the National Environmental Policy Act, the Wilderness Act, and other laws by authorizing, assisting, and funding the Arizona Game and Fish Department's project to kill mountain lions essentially to "study" the impact of those killings on the bighorn sheep population. The agencies have now agreed to examine the real causes of declining bighorn sheep populations, such as recreational uses and a domestic sheep "driveway," rather than sanction the killing of lions.
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