Idaho prepared but concerned about federal Sage-Grouse intrusion


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Austin Hill
Reporter, Idaho Reporter.com

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Boise, ID - August 19, 2014

Note: This is Part 2 of a two-part series examining the possibility of the Greater Sage-Grouse being listed as an endangered species and what Idaho and surrounding state are doing to head off that possibility. Part 1 looked at what neighboring states are doing to deal with Greater Sage-Grouse habitat.
 
According to Gov. Butch Otter, local groups across Idaho have been working since 1996 to save and conserve the Greater Sage-Grouse, a large ground-dwelling bird that, according to the federal government, inhabits about 165 million acres across 11 different states, including land in Idaho.
 
Yet despite these efforts from Idaho and other states impacted by the possible designation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may be on its way to officially listing the bird as an endangered species, a fact that has three of Idaho’s four-member congressional delegation very concerned.