Feds seeking public comment on E. Idaho sheep station

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Federal officials are seeking public comments about whether to keep open a sheep research facility that has operated for about a century on the Idaho-Montana border near Yellowstone National Park.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is holding listening sessions on Wednesday and Thursday concerning the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station near Dubois in eastern Idaho.

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The agency attempted to close the station earlier this year, citing declining budgets.

But Congress objected to the closure, so the agency is going through a more formal process.

Environmental groups contend the station harms wildlife, including threatened grizzly bears, and have filed lawsuits.