BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A Washington state man sued the University of Idaho Foundation, claiming the private trust should have sold him a 120-acre mountain parcel that went to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Steve Heitstuman of Clarkston bid $126,000 plus closing costs for the property on the northwestern edge of Craig Mountain.

The foundation took a $122,000 offer instead from the Department of Fish and Game.

According to the Lewiston Tribune, Heitstuman's lawsuit claims the foundation serves as the "alter ego" of the Moscow-based university, so it should follow public bidding requirements that mandate sales go to the highest bidder.

Fish and Game already owns about 78,000 acres south of Lewiston that make up its Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area, where it aims to preserve wildlife and fish habitat along the lower Snake and Salmon rivers.

Copyright 2010 The AP.

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