- Associated Press - Sunday, June 15, 2014

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - More than a dozen Wyoming ranchers and landowners have filed a lawsuit against a nonprofit conservation group and its state director.

The complaint cites about two dozen instances stretching back to 2005 in which employees and volunteers with the Idaho-based Western Watersheds Project ignored direct instructions or written signage warning them not to trespass on private land in Fremont and Lincoln counties.

The ranchers and landowners are seeking actual, nominal and punitive damages, claiming that the trespasses interfered with the use, enjoyment and possession of their property.

Travis Bruner, of Western Watersheds, tells the Casper Star-Tribune (https://bit.ly/1kE2wCS) that the lawsuit is likely an attempt by the livestock industry to prevent the group from doing its work on public land in the interest of wildlife habitat.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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