A federal judge has ordered six southern Idaho ranchers to remove cattle from 17 public grazing allotments after the Bureau of Land Management failed to create a management plan following a lawsuit by a conservation group.

U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill on Monday suspended grazing on 17 of 28 contested allotments managed by the BLM's Jarbidge Field Office.

The decision stems from a 2005 lawsuit by the Western Watersheds Project contending the BLM violated federal law in reissuing the 28 permits that involve sage grouse habitat.

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