WPR News
8:23 am
Wed April 30, 2008

Sage Grouse Ok In Wyoming

Laramie, Wy – Sage Grouse declines have been noted in Nevada and some other western states and many wonder if the bird is headed for the endangered species list. Just this week North Dakota said it is considering canceling its Sage Grouse hunting season because of record low numbers. But in Wyoming the Sage Grouse appears to be doing better. Tom Christensen is overseeing Sage Grouse for the Wyoming Game and fish Department. He says Wyoming has avoided the problems other states are facing such as grass fires. But long term, Christensen admits they are worried about impacts that energy development has had on the bird. Experts say their have been population declines in the Pinedale Anti-cline and the Powder River Basin. Christensen says that could cause problems if energy development grows.