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The seldom-seen, chicken-sized local species of sage grouse took a step closer to being listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act last Friday, Oct. 25, when the Fish and Wildlife Service proposed listing the bird as a federally threatened species.
The decision to propose listing the âbi-stateâ population of the bird, common in open, sage-covered parts of Inyo, Alpine and Mono counties in California and in several nearby Nevada counties, came in spite of more than a decade of work to try to avoid such an action by local and federal government agencies, ranchers and other private residents â and energy developers â who have been working across state lines to avert the bird being listed.
Read more in the Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 edition of The Inyo Register.