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Sheep industry anything but sheepish on Capitol Hill

Tucked deep within the massive omnibus spending bill Congress passed last January is an obscure, one-paragraph policy rider that preserves the right of sheep ranchers to trail their animals across federal lands -- without the threat of protests or appeals from environmental groups. The rider, versions of which have appeared in past appropriations bills, is just one example of the sheep industry's mark on environmental policy on Capitol Hill.

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