Tag Archives: Gunnison sage grouse

Fish and Wildlife Offer Grants for Grouse Preservation

sage_grouse-300The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced about $828,000 in grants to preserve habitat for dwindling species including the greater sage grouse and Gunnison sage grouse in Washington state and Colorado. The grants announced Thursday were among $37.2 million for 44 projects to help endangered or threatened species Continue reading

New Restrictions on Shed Antler Hunting

colorado parksIn an effort to reduce stress and the disturbance of wintering big game animals, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission adopted a new regulation in January that limits shed antler collecting in portions of Eagle, Pitkin, Garfield, and Routt counties, effective March 1st. The new rule prohibits the collection of shed antlers in Continue reading

Routt County Businesses Voice Opinions on Sage Grouse

sage_grouse-300The business community has started lobbying Governor John Hickenlooper to do what he can to keep the Greater Sage Grouse off the Endangered Species List. A letter asking as much was had delivered to the governor last week. It was reportedly signed by 17 Routt County businesses, and underscored the importance of Continue reading

Environmentalists Sue for Stronger Designation of Gunnison Grouse

sage_grouse-300Two environmentalist groups filed suit yesterday seeking stronger protection for a bird found only in Colorado and Utah, reaching that legal step ahead of state officials who counter the federal government already has gone too far. The Center for Biological Diversity and the Western Watersheds Project said in court papers that the Continue reading

Spending Bill May Not Protect Western States against Sage Grouse Listing

sage_grouse-300Federal officials say Congress acted too late if it wanted to block protections for a bird found in Colorado and Utah. A spending bill approved by Congress last week blocks any money for a final rule to protect the Gunnison sage grouse. But the final rule was issued before the bill passed. An estimated 5,000 Gunnison sage grouse remain, Continue reading

State Officials Preparing for Lawsuit Over Sage Grouse

sage_grouse-300Colorado officials are preparing a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s decision to protect the Gunnison sage grouse. The Attorney General’s Office notified the Interior Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday that the state planned to sue. The state says that in listing the bird as threatened, the Fish and Continue reading

House Passes Spending Bill

REPUBLICANYesterday, the House passed legislation to fund the federal government through September 30th, while still allowing Congress to take action on the President’s executive orders on immigration by funding the Department of Homeland Security through a continuing resolution that expires February 27th. The measure cuts funding to the Continue reading

Spending Bill Would Delay Protections on Grouse

sage_grouse-300A legislative rider in Congress’ $1.1 trillion spending bill would delay protections for a wide-ranging Western bird that’s been on a collision course with the oil and gas industry. The Obama administration faced a September 2015 deadline to propose protections for greater sage grouse. But the spending package agreed to late Continue reading

Groups Notify Feds of Intent to Sue Over Sage Grouse Listing

sage_grouse-300The Center for Biological Diversity and the Western Watersheds Project have given notice of their intent to sue the federal government over the Gunnison Sage Grouse listing. Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a branch of the Department of the Interior, announced that they would be listing the Gunnison Sage Grouse as a Continue reading

Moffat County Commissioners Support State Fight Against Sage Grouse Listing

sage_grouse-300The Moffat County Commissioners yesterday indicated they were happy that the state is going to fight the Gunnison Sage Grouse decision in court. U.S. Fish and Wildlife recently made the decision to list the Gunnison Sage Grouse as a threatened species. A decision on the Greater Sage Grouse is expected next year. The Greater Continue reading

Gunnison Sage Grouse Listed as Threatened

sage_grouse-300The Federal Government is going against the will of individual states, when it comes to listing sage grouse as threatened. That’s according to Governor Hickenlooper’s point man on sage grouse, John Swartout. Swartout says yesterday’s decision to list the Gunnison Sage Grouse as threatened means that control of the species goes Continue reading

Congressmen Urge Fish and Wildlife to Reevaluate Designation Process

SCOTT-TIPTON-300Congressman Scott Tipton signed on to a letter this week that urges U.S. Fish and Wildlife to reassess how they evaluate species for protection. Tipton says the legislation stems from recent proposals to list species as threatened or endangered in the Western U.S. Some of those proposals have been for the Greater and Continue reading