Essay says wildlife managers across the West are unrealistic when it comes to population losses and the reasons behind them.
greater sage grouse
A preliminary count of hunter-supplied wings shows a low ratio of chicks to hens, a key population indicator.
Anticipated decline establishes 3-year trend; is part of a West-wide slide in the species.
Grouse team leader says tweaked recommendations don’t change state’s commitment as Gordon adopts “vast majority” of expert advice.
Team recommends Gov. Gordon adopt population “lift” as explicit goal for state with the most greater sage grouse.