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Sage grouse have been considered for federal protection under the Endangered Species Act but have not been listed.

    A group of Western senators, including Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo, both R-Idaho, have introduced a bill to allow states to implement their own conservation plans to protect sage grouse and their habitats, in lieu of federal management.

    The Greater Sage-Grouse Protection and Recovery Act was introduced Tuesday with six original co-sponsors from four states. A companion measure was introduced in the House on Jan. 13 with 11 co-sponsors from seven states.

    The bill would allow states to choose between implementing their own plan or deferring to federal agencies for sage-grouse protection.

Email the writer: gmoore@mtexpress.com

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