Sportsmen support conserving greater sage-grouse and its habitat, which supports more than 350 species. Image:NWF
DENVER -- Several sportsmen’s organizations are urging Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Sen. Cory Gardner to support ongoing efforts to conserve the greater sage-grouse and ensure that strong safeguards are in place in Colorado for the bird and its habitat.
In separate letters sent this week to the governor and Colorado senator, groups representing thousands of hunters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts in the state expressed support for strong conservation plans to protect not only the sage grouse “but our Western values, economy and irreplaceable wildlife habitat.” A 2013 Colorado Parks and Wildlife report estimated that hunting, fishing and other wildlife-related recreation produce a total of about $5 billion in annual economic benefits.