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Nov 25, 2009 8:43 AM by Associated Press

Group sues to win protection for Colorado River trout

An Oregon-based environmental group is suing to gain federal protection for the Colorado River cutthroat trout, found in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah.

The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in Washington, D.C., by the Center for Biological Diversity challenges a 2007 decision that kept the fish off the endangered species list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision said there was evidence of an increased number of populations of the fish.

But Noah Greenwald of the Portland-based Center for Biological Diversity says the trout is gone from 87 percent of its historic range, which included parts of Arizona and New Mexico. He says the decision by the Bush administration conflicts with the Endangered Species Act.

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