Federal protections needed to protect dwindling Gunnison sage-grouse
FRISCO — A new report by conservation biologists suggests that local and state-based measures to protect Gunnison sage-grouse won’t prevent the species from sliding toward extinction.
With only about 5,000 remaining birds, the population is already at a high risk, and only strict federal conservation measures under the Endangered Species Act will help, according to Megan Mueller, a senior conservation biologist with Rocky Mountain Wild.
The once-abundant species has dwindled dramatically as its habitat has been fragmented by energy and community development, as well as over-grazing.
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