Greater Sage-Grouse Not Endangered . . . Yet

Greater Sage Grouse

Today, the US Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, announced that the greater sage-grouse will not be placed on the Endangered Species list by the US government.  The official listing for the grouse is “warranted but precluded by higher priorities,” that is, other species that are in greater danger.  The population of the greater sage-grouse has declined 90% from a century ago and is found in about half of its historical range.  Currently, the grouse can be found in larger portions of Wyoming, Nevada, Montana, Oregon and Idaho, and smaller areas of Colorado, Utah, California, Washington, South Dakota, North Dakota and western Canada.

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