Wind River tribes back grouse protections

Fort Washakie, Wyo. (AP) – The governing councils of the
Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes are supporting a
Wyoming plan to protect sage grouse habitat and population

The tribes’ Joint Business Council adopted a resolution last
month endorsing the state plan and urging the U.S. Department of
the Interior to adopt the plan as its own.

Following a task force study, Gov. Dave Freudenthal issued an
executive order last summer directing state agencies to protect
core sage grouse areas.

The tribal resolution says there are significant core areas on
the Wind River Indian Reservation but there’s been a 60 percent
decline in male grouse leks on reservation lands over the last two

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering whether sage
grouse deserve protection under the federal Endangered Species

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