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Why is the Greater sage-grouse part of a defense spending bill?

By: 
Judith Kohler April 15, 2015


Image: VerdonTomajko

The National Wildlife Federation opposes an unrelated provision stuck on the National Defense Authorization Act and backed by the House Armed Services Committee that will do nothing to help national security but could doom efforts to conserve one of the West’s signature species.

What’s good for the grouse is good for the grandeur … and big game hunting

By: 
Russell Bassett, May 7, 2014
Due to its decreased numbers and status as a warranted species for Endangered Species Act listing, the greater sage grouse is no longer a popular game species. Some Western states do still offer very limited hunts on sage grouse, but in general, when it comes to hunting, it’s about the importance of sage grouse habitat for other, more popular game species like mule deer.  
 
The sage grouse’s primary diet is sagebrush, and this largest species in the grouse family requires expansive, undisturbed rangelands for its habitat. Turns out those dietary and habitat requirements are quite similar to mule deer and pronghorn antelope. During the winter months in many western states, sagebrush is often mule deer’s most common food source, and mule deer also thrive in large tracts of undisturbed rangeland.  Sagebrush is year round habitat and diet for pronghorn. 

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