Agency says Colorado plans for grouse fall short

December 11, 2013 at 03:24 AM

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — The agency that will decide whether the greater sage-grouse receives protection under the Endangered Species Act says a Bureau of Land Management proposal for protecting them in northwest Colorado falls short.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offered its opinion based on letters from the public commenting on the BLM's draft document for management of greater sage-grouse territory in the region.

According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (http://tinyurl.com/k5bkro9 ), opponents including the oil and gas industry, area governments, agriculture, recreation and other interests have been contending for months that the measures the BLM is contemplating are overly restrictive and would cause significant economic harm.

Wildlife officials say sage grouse populations have fallen 90 percent in the past century and plans to protect the birds won't get the job done.

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Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com


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