Billings, Mt – Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit
over National Park Service plans to allow snowmobiles in
Yellowstone National Park for the next three winters.
The groups say the government ignored the effect that roads
groomed for snow machines have on wildlife, particularly bison.
The complaint brought by The Fund for Animals, Bluewater Network
and three individuals names Interior Secretary Gale Norton and Park
Service Director Fran Mainella as defendants. The lawsuit was filed
last week in U-S District Court in Washington, D-C. The suit came
after the Park Service issued a "finding of no significant
impact" for its winter use plans.
The groups are asking the judge to prevent officials from
implementing the plan.