Sage grouse farming still on table

Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission is set to discuss rules for sage grouse farming.

This year the legislature directed the commission to adopt rules for sage grouse farming. But in September, the commission asked the Attorney General's Office if it could refrain from doing so. The commission said it believed raising the birds in captivity wouldn't enhance their population. Game and Fish Department biologists also say the space and mating requirements of sage grouse have not been conducive to captive rearing.

But the Attorney General's Office says the language of a 2008 law requires that rules for sage grouse farming be adopted.

The commission is scheduled to discuss the issue at a meeting in Jackson on Monday.