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US delays repairs for Idaho road in grizzly bear habitat

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Posted at 3:58 PM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 17:58:51-04

BOISE, Idaho — U.S. officials are delaying repairs of an impassable northern Idaho road in important grizzly bear habitat near the Canadian border following a lawsuit.

Court documents filed Wednesday say work to reopen about 5 miles of the dirt road because of threats to border security will wait until 2021 instead of starting this summer. The Center for Biological Diversity in March sued the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, claiming that reopening the road will harm grizzly bears and other wildlife in the Selkirk Mountains.

U.S. officials want to patrol the road because they fear people illegally cross the border in that area.