UPDATE: Colorado Governor May Sue Feds Over Sage Grouse

November 13, 2014

Gunnison Sage Grouse(Denver, CO)  —  Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is threatening a lawsuit over a bird native to his state and Utah.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to classify the Gunnison sage grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.  Hickenlooper says the move is a major blow to voluntary conservation efforts in the state.  He also says he’s disappointed by the decision, which ignores those efforts over the last two decades at the state and local level.  It’s estimated there are about five-thousand of the birds in southern Colorado and Utah.

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