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Thanks for your question about sage grouse. Since 2008, Wyoming has been implementing a statewide conservation plan directed through Executive Orders from Governors Dave Freudenthal and Matt Mead. The plan establishes "core population areas" of grouse. These are areas where development activity that requires a state or federal permit is managed to avoid or minimize negative impacts to sage grouse.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department continues to monitor and manage sage grouse populations, including maintaining conservative hunting seasons. Additionally, Game and Fish continues to coordinate extensively with federal and state permitting agencies to ensure statewide conservation continues. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will again evaluate the effectiveness of conservation efforts across the bird's range (11 western states) in five years.

You can visit the Game and Fish Sage Grouse Management webpage for more information and updates on sage grouse and see our strategic plans and newsletters.

Amanda Withroder
Staff Biologist, Habitat Protection Program

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