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Rock Creek Mine

Case Overview

The Fish and Wildlife Service rewrote a biological opinion that originally said that a mine proposed in the Cabinet Mountains in Montana could wipe out grizzly bears and bull trout there -- the new opinion says the mine poses no threat. A district court has now ruled that opinion illegal too, halting the mine for now.

Case Updates

January 30, 2006 | Map

Grizzly Habitat in 1970

This map shows the extent of grizzly habitat in the lower 48 US states in 1970.

January 30, 2006 | Map

Grizzly Habitat in 1920

This map shows the extent of grizzly habitat in the lower 48 US states in 1920.

January 30, 2006 | Map

Grizzly Habitat in 1850

This map shows the extent of grizzly habitat in the lower 48 US states in 1850.

January 12, 2006 | Reference

USFWS Biological Opinion

Key quotes from portions of the US Fish and Wildlife's Service biological opinion regarding the impacts of the Rock Creek mine on grizzly bears (12/15/00)

January 10, 2006 | Legal Document

Court Order

Court order ruling that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service overlooked serious concerns that the proposed Rock Creek Mine would drive grizzly bears and bull trout in the region extinct.