Sage grouse numbers continue to drop in West

Associated Press Published 9:49 a.m. MT Aug. 13, 2019

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Montana hosts the second-largest population of greater sage grouse in the world. Sarah Dettmer

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho’s sage grouse population has dropped 52% since the federal government decided not to list the birds as an endangered species in the fall of 2015.

It’s not yet clear whether the three-year decline is part of a cyclical pattern or indicative of a more serious issue, but the Idaho Statesman reports the trend could force state and federal wildlife and land managers to take a closer look at how sage grouse are faring in Idaho and other states in the U.S. West.

The problem isn’t exclusive to Idaho. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services estimates that there are between


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