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Conservation groups threaten wildlife service with lawsuit over bighorn sheep

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Conservation groups said Thursday they will sue the a federal agency if it does not drop a decision to cut by more than half the land designated as critical habitat for the endangered Peninsular bighorn sheep in Riverside, San Diego and Imperial counties. The sheep occupy the hills just west of Palms Springs. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided in April to reduced critical habitat acreage for the sheep from 844,897 to 376,938 acres.