Weeklong extension on sage grouse finding granted

Cheyenne, Wyo. (AP) – A judge in Boise, Idaho, has extended the
deadline for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to submit an
endangered species finding for the greater sage grouse.

The deadline had been Friday. Attorneys for Fish and Wildlife
requested a one-week extension after agency Director Sam Hamilton
died last weekend.

U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill granted the request

The deadline stems from a lawsuit filed by an Idaho group,
Western Watersheds Project, seeking protection of sage grouse as an
endangered species.

Sage grouse are found in Wyoming, Nevada, Montana, Colorado,
Utah, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California and the Dakotas.
Biologists say the chicken-size has been in decline due to loss of
its sagebrush habitat.

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