Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe said Tuesday that a recent report shows the sage grouse population in Moffat County is up by as much as 30 percent in some areas. The only area where populations have not improved was the Cold Springs area. Grobe says they’ve found that the bird tends to favor areas near oil and gas activity. The thought is that the activity keeps away predators that feast on the grouse. The Interior Department is considering putting the bird on the Endangered Species List, saying populations are declining. However, the department hasn’t given any indication as to what the population goals are. It’s not clear how the new report will affect those efforts.