(COEUR D’ALENE) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has scaled back proposed plans for protected woodland caribou habitat in northern Idaho.
The agency announced Tuesday it will set aside only 30,000 acres in the Selkirk Mountains, which sprawl through areas of Boundary County and parts of eastern Washington.
The original plan called for 375,000 acres of protected habitat for a herd of an estimated 40 animals.
U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador praised the changes, citing public concerns that the initial plan was overreaching.
Adam Forsgren, EastIdahoNews.com Columnist