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Fate of Oregon’s greater sage grouse uncertain after feds list Gunnison grouse as threatened

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Their numbers have dwindled to fewer than 5,000 birds living primarily in Colorado’s Gunnison Basin. John Hickenlooper has vowed to sue Fish and Wildlife to block the protections. Without a listing in Oregon, he said, local conservation efforts will fall short of protecting the birds. But not all environmentalists are jeering the self-management approach.

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Bird ruling limits oil and gas development

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Obama administration on Wednesday formally declared the Gunnison sage-grouse a “threatened” species, in effect ruling that years of efforts to protect the showy bird and its Colorado habitat weren’t sufficient to ensure its long-term survival. The federal move will limit oil and gas development in the 1.7 million acres of Colorado and southeast Utah where the chicken-like Gunnison sage-grouse lives and struts. The ruling by the Interior Department’s Fish and Wildlife Service is…

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Boone & Crockett Club: Victories for Conservation, But Not Out of the Woods Yet

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“We’re living in a time when conservation and wildlife management are being challenged and the motives are not always what’s best for wildlife or people,” said Boone and Crockett Club President Bill Demmer. “Somewhere along the way we have lost the meaning of what conservation is and the full measure of its benefits. It has always meant wise and prudent use without waste. As Theodore Roosevelt once said, it means development as much as it does protection.”

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Bear debate marked by contrast in funding

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Inland Fisheries Wildlife Commissioner Chandler Woodcock said the decision to send state biologists out to campaign came from Gov. He was one of two panelists chosen by Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting to speak for its campaign in a television forum held by the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and WCSH-TV. Ten years ago the number of black bears tagged by hunters averaged 3,700 annually.

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