Gale Norton and Texas Comptroller Susan Combs – Denver Post Guest Commentary

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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

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