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Sage Grouse

Male grouse

Male grouse

A male sage grouse struts at sunrise in hopes of attracting a mate on a lek near the base of the Rattlesnake Range in southwest Natrona County. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock on Tuesday offered a plan to head off federal intervention for the bird.

September 09, 2014 4:32 pm
Montana offers sage grouse plan as deadline looms

Montana offers sage grouse plan as deadline looms

Gov. Steve Bullock on Tuesday ordered restrictions on future oil drilling and other activities blamed for driving down sage grouse numbers, bringing Montana into step with other states across the West rushing to head off federal intervention for the ground-dwelling bird.

September 09, 2014 10:13 am Photos

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Guest opinion: Science has to govern sage grouse debate

Of the primary threat to sage grouse, let us be clear what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has always said: It's all about habitat.

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Wyomingites asked to report dead sage grouse

CASPER, Wyo. — Wildlife officials are asking Wyomingites to report dead sage grouse so the birds can be tested for West Nile virus.

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Sage grouse feathers help track bird movements

Sage grouse feathers help track bird movements

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.

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Birds of a feather

Birds of a feather

Greater sage grouse gather in groups at a lek to court and mate with females.

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Montana approves sage-grouse hunting closures

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.

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Montana considers scaling back sage-grouse hunt

Montana considers scaling back sage-grouse hunt

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.

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Sage grouse hunting closures

Sage grouse hunting closures

Sage grouse hunting closures

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FWP backs away from statewide sage grouse hunt closure

FWP backs away from statewide sage grouse hunt closure

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.

July 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Montana sage grouse lek counts

Montana sage grouse lek counts

Montana sage grouse lek counts

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Sage grouse

Sage grouse

Four male sage grouse try to attract the lone female sage grouse at left.

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Environmentalists call for 'do-over' on management plan

A coalition of environmentalists and landowners is calling on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to rewrite its proposed management plan for federal lands around Buffalo, arguing that the current draft would roll back protections aimed at preventing oil and gas development on areas unsuitabl…

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State leases 3,900 acres in the Little Snake River Valley for oil and gas

State leases 3,900 acres in the Little Snake River Valley for oil and gas

OUTSIDE BAGGS — In a normal year, Pat O’Toole might be more worried about the coyotes that killed 10 of his lambs the night before.

June 22, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Drilling blocked to protect grouse subspecies

Drilling blocked to protect grouse subspecies

DENVER — The federal government this week declared more than 400,000 acres in southwestern Colorado and eastern Utah off-limits to energy exploration or any other kind of development to protect the Gunnison sage grouse, a precursor to a much larger fight over another species of the bird that…

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Research analyzes effects of grazing on sage grouse

Research analyzes effects of grazing on sage grouse

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.

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Fish and Wildlife Commission seeks grouse, wolf comments

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.

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Commission urges FWP to explore other options to sage grouse hunting closure

Commission urges FWP to explore other options to sage grouse hunting closure

Montana’s Fish and Wildlife Commission decided Thursday to explore other options in addition to closing the sage grouse hunting season this fall.

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As population drops, sage grouse hunting could go

As population drops, sage grouse hunting could go

Montana wildlife officials are proposing to cancel sage grouse hunting this fall as populations of the large upland game bird continue to decline.

May 19, 2014 3:55 pmLoading…

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