Douglas County grouse letters sent back for rewrite |

Douglas County grouse letters sent back for rewrite

Kurt Hildebrand

Far from grousing about the potential that the bistate sage grouse will be listed as an endangered species, Douglas County commissioners sought a rewrite of letters commenting on the issue.

Commission Chairman Greg Lynn said that after hearing from the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, the board had “one of the best discussions we’ve had all year.”

Lynn said he felt the tone of the drafts presented to the commission wasn’t helpful, and that was born out by the presentation at Thursday’s County commissioners’ meeting.

“He said we should focus on what we want to happen rather than what we don’t want to happen,” Lynn said on Friday.

The listing is back in play after a federal court ordered the Department of Fish and Wildlife to go back and re-examine its decision not to list the sage grouse.

In late October the department issued a notice that the bistate sage grouse is up for being listed under the endangered species act, something state, private and federal agencies, along with private individuals have been working to prevent.

So far only the bistate sage grouse, which lives between Douglas County and Bishop along the Nevada-California border, has been proposed for listing. But a sage grouse population, which occupies much larger areas of the West, may also be considered at some point in the future.

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