ESA Listing of Greater Sage-Grouse Not Warranted

Sep 22, 2015
Greater sage-grouse in Washington will continue to be managed by the WDFW.

Citing the collective and ongoing success of local, state, and federal partners to promote the conservation of the sagebrush landscape, the USFWS has found that the greater sage-grouse does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. 

As stated in the September 22, 2015 press release, the USFWS reached this determination after evaluating the bird’s population status, along with the collective habitat-conservation efforts of federal, state, and private land-managers and other partners across the bird's range. Despite long-term population declines, the USFWS has determined that greater sage-grouse do not face the risk of extinction now or in the foreseeable future and therefore do not require protection under the ESA.

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