A federal judge has rejected a settlement that would have temporarily banned dirt bikes on a popular trail network in the Bear Creek drainage just west of Colorado Springs.
Environmental group the Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Forest Service this spring to try to force the agency to ban dirt bikes on five trails, claiming the vehicles cause erosion that damages habitat of greenback cutthroat trout. Recent research has revealed a four-mile stretch of Bear Creek is home to the only genetically pure population of its kind left anywhere, the ancestors of fish introduced there by a settler in the 1880s.
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