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Endangered-species fixes possible
By Gale Norton and Susan Combs
This Thanksgiving, a pair of birds received the ultimate federal protection: the presidential turkey pardon from President Barack Obama.
Another bird considered for federal protection, the sage grouse, earns a lot less fanfare than a pardoned turkey, but its protection status affects a multitude of Western states, including Colorado. The federal government may adopt Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for the entire sage grouse population by 2015.
On Oct. 25, federal officials proposed “threatened” status in Nevada and California for one type of the bird, the greater sage grouse. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recognized the far-reaching impact of this proposal when he said, “This listing is further proof that we need to work together to protect sensitive species before they get to such a dismal point and negatively affect our rural economies.”
Read the full article here: Endangered-species fixes possible – The Denver Post