Order prevents drilling and ground disturbance on 449 oil and gas leases covering 334,762 acres in Wyoming until BLM resolves shortcomings in Trump-era approval.
Eighty environmental groups have asked U.S. House and Senate leaders to stop adopting budget riders that prevent the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from writing or issuing Endangered Species Act protections for greater sage grouse.
State’s greater sage grouse team hears criticism that research doesn’t support hunting the imperiled bird, but Game and Fish disagrees.
Last year’s data requires justification of hunting, grouse team-member says. Others contend the dwindling population can support a regulated season.
Despite ‘slight growth’ in part of Wyoming, an exhaustive research paper carries warnings as it proposes standard methods to monitor greater sage grouse populations.