CASPER, Wyo. — Wildlife officials are asking Wyomingites to report dead sage grouse so the birds can be tested for West Nile virus.
A team of biologists is collecting feathers from more than 7,000 leks spread across 11 western states and two Canadian provinces to gather genetic information.
Greater sage grouse gather in groups at a lek to court and mate with females.
HELENA — The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved a plan Thursday to close all or parts of 32 counties to sage-grouse hunting and to shorten the hunting season from two months to one.
HELENA — Montana wildlife officials have dropped their plans to cancel this year’s sage grouse hunting season, and they are instead proposing to severely limit where the game birds can be pursued because of their low numbers.
Sage grouse hunting closures
After proposing in May to halt all sage grouse hunting in Montana this season, Fish, Wildlife and Parks has modified its plan to only shorten and constrict the hunt, which is still the longest in the nation.
Montana sage grouse lek counts
Four male sage grouse try to attract the lone female sage grouse at left.
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BOZEMAN — Armed with butterfly nets and red Solo cups, Hayes Goosey will soon return to central Montana to capture more insects and spiders that share the range with sage grouse.
The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission is seeking comments though June 23 on some upcoming hunting seasons and additional proposals related to sage grouse and wolves.
Montana’s Fish and Wildlife Commission decided Thursday to explore other options in addition to closing the sage grouse hunting season this fall.
Montana wildlife officials are proposing to cancel sage grouse hunting this fall as populations of the large upland game bird continue to decline.
Cattle and greater sage grouse seem to be getting along just fine in southeastern Montana, according to a recent Fish Wildlife and Parks study, and that’s a big deal.
A sage grouse hen is surrounded by her chicks in the study area, which included portions of Powder and Carter counties in southeastern Montana.
Windy Davis, at left, and Chris Binschus attach a radio transmitter to a hen sage grouse as part of a four-year study.