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Patagonia Sues Trump Over Bears Ears Monument

  • President plans to shrink Bears Ears and other monument
  • Outdoors outfitter joins groups claiming Trump exceeded power
Bear's Ears National Monument in Utah. 

Bear's Ears National Monument in Utah. 

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Apparel maker Patagonia Inc. sued President Donald Trump over his decision to reduce the size of the Bears Ears national monument in Utah in a case joined by conservation and preservation groups.

The retailer claims Trump’s Dec. 4 decision to substantially reduce the size of Bears Ears --  to about 220,000 acres from 1.4 million acres -- exceeds his authority under the 1906 Antiquities Act. Patagonia has been considered an “activist company” nearly since it was started in 1973 by climber Yvon Chouinard.