The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to list the bi-state sage grouse (above) as a threatened species. Some Eastern Sierra residents are questioning the science used to justify the listing, saying declining numbers are due to natural events as much as human sources. Photo by Wendilyn Grasseschi
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 â€śbi-stateâ€ť 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.