Pew study shows dramatic declines in sage-grouse numbers

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  • Bird man Laurel, MT
    April 28, 2015 7:55 a.m.

    Half the land and habitat left for the Grouse is on public land. Where private ranchers get to graze their cattle for a profit ,at subsidize rates, that virtually have not changed in decades.They get to keep their exclusive rights and leases to this public land virtually forever, some ranchers have been grazing their allotments for almost a century ,they are never put up for bid .Grazing on pubic land our land, is supposed to be a privilege ,and this land is supposed to be managed for multiple use. It seems to be managed more for the ranchers, or cattle's benefit.The range could be managed better for sage grouse. One accepted range management practice that benefits sage grouse and wildlife diversity,is grazing the range in a rest rotation manner. Leaving portions of the range and grass to recover after grazing. This benefits wildlife and the range. This practice should be required on our BLM public land.

  • JJ1094 Saratoga, UT
    April 28, 2015 7:16 a.m.

    Just wondering what impact has been had on the population as a result of the re-introduction of a new predator in the West - the wolf. The wolves of Yellowstone have been spreading and as a result have forced other predators to consume other prey, down to where coyotes are devouring Sage grouse instead other game. Is it time to reign in the spread of the wolf?