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Patagonia sues over Trump’s national monuments order

FILE - This July 15, 2016, file photo, shows the "Moonhouse" in McLoyd Canyon which is part of Bears Ears National Monument, near Blanding, Utah. President Donald Trump is expected to announce plans to shrink Bears Ears National Monument as well as Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah that were created by past Democratic presidents. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
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The "Moonhouse" in McLoyd Canyon is part of Bears Ears National Monument, near Blanding, Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY — Outdoor company Patagonia has sued to block President Donald Trump’s cuts to Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument.

Patagonia’s lawsuit was filed Wednesday night, becoming the fourth legal challenge after Trump announced Monday he would shrink Bear Ears and the Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah.

The California-based company argues shrinking the monument by 85 percent is an ‘‘extreme overreach in authority’’ and strips much-needed protections from sacred tribal lands. It filed the suit on behalf of several organizations.

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The lawsuit came after Patagonia replaced its usual home page with a stark message, ‘‘The President Stole Your Land.’’

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke shot back by saying the claim is ‘‘nefarious, false and a lie.’’

A coalition of five tribes has also sued to preserve Bears Ears. Two lawsuits have been filed to protect Grand Staircase.