Feds, Shoshone Tribe Oppose Northern Arapaho on Eagles

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Feds, Shoshone Tribe Oppose Northern Arapaho on Eagles (Photo courtesy of Peter Trimming)
Feds, Shoshone Tribe Oppose Northern Arapaho on Eagles (Photo courtesy of Peter Trimming)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Eastern Shoshone Tribe are urging a federal judge not to reconsider his recent ruling banning the Northern Arapaho Tribe from killing bald eagles on a central Wyoming reservation.

The Northern Arapaho Tribe last month asked U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson of Cheyenne to change the ruling he entered earlier saying that the tribe couldn't kill the birds on the Wind River Indian Reservation because of objections from the Eastern Shoshone. The two tribes share the reservation.

The Fish and Wildlife Service earlier this year granted the Northern Arapaho the nation's first permit allowing it to kill up to two bald eagles a year for religious purposes. The state of Wyoming prohibits killing eagles off the reservation.

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