The U.S. Department of the Interior said Tuesday that the greater sage-grouse, the subject of study and lawsuits for years, should not be listed as an endangered species “because of an unprecedented effort by dozens of partners across 11 western states,” the department said Tuesday.
The news was issued on the department’s website. A press conference about the announcement is expected this morning at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in Commerce City.
Colorado and other western states have spent years working to protect the greater sage-grouse, a chicken-sized bird whose shrinking population numbers have led the federal government to consider listing it as an “endangered” species.
Listing the species as “endangered” would have lead to tighter restrictions on how land where the bird lives could be used — endangering multibillion-dollar oil and gas and agriculture operations.