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Sage Grouse

Gov. Steve Bullock (file photo)
Josh Burnham

Governor Steve Bullock came by our studios yesterday. Hear what he has to say about the sudden departure of his lieutenant governor, cutting Montana’s carbon dioxide emissions, Medicaid expansion and other topics.

Environmental groups are suing to force the Obama administration to impose more restrictions on oil and gas drilling, grazing and other activities blamed for the decline of greater sage grouse across the American West.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services (CC-BY-2)

Tuesday’s announcement that the federal government won't add the greater sage grouse to the endangered species list is being called a historic decision. That’s because the threat of listing spurred state governments, ranchers, the energy industry and environmentalists to come up alternative strategies to protect the bird. Those strategies are being praised by many, but not everyone.

Greater sage grouse. The Department of Interior announced it's decision today not to recommend endangered species protections for the bird.
USFWS (CC-BY-2)

Governor Steve Bullock says Tuesday’s decision to not recommend endangered species protection for the greater sage grouse is good for both industry and conservationists.

The U.S. Department of Interior has decided that the greater sage grouse, a peculiar and distinctly Western bird, does not need protection under the Endangered Species Act.

In a statement, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said that an unprecedented land conservation effort has already significantly reduced the threats to sage grouse.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the conservation marked a successful effort by the government and ranchers on public and private lands.

Sage Grouse Listing Decision Could Come Next Week

Sep 18, 2015
Sage grouse.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Pacific Southwest Region (PD)

The federal government could announce whether the greater sage grouse will be added to the endangered species list as early as next week.

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