By Travis Kavulla
Montana Public Service Commissioner 

Sage Grouse: The Dilemma


Since February, Montana’s Sage Grouse Advisory Council has been working overtime to create a management plan for the bird whose habitat spans central, northern and eastern Montana.

The urgency? This upland game bird has been declared “warranted” for listing as an endangered species by the federal government, but “precluded” from that designation while the feds deal with other matters. Montana is one of the Western states with significant sage-grouse populations that have not crafted a plan acceptable to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Bottom line: If Montana doesn’t do someth...

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