For eons, sage grouse have risen at dawn to engage in an ancient mating dance, strutting and inflating their bright yellow throat sacs to catch the eye of females in the nearby sagebrush. Now, Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) have launched a sinister attack on the sage grouse with their ironically titled “Greater Sage Grouse Protection and Recovery Act” (S 273, HR 527). The bill would give anti-conservation states the authority to manage sage grouse on our public lands, undermining conservation efforts under the Endangered Species Act. It would also cut the public, scientists, and the courts out of making decisions that determine the sage grouse’s fate. Tell your representatives and senators to oppose this loathsome scheme.
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