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Amendment may increase sage-grouse egg collection limit in WY

Cara J

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Wyoming state congressmen introduced House Bill No. 271, Game Bird Farms – Greater Sage-grouse, to the state House of Representatives on Jan. 27. In addition to modifying game bird farm license provisions, the bill would allow for certified licensees to collect greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) eggs from the wild for captive rearing and release. While the original bill stipulated an annual maximum removal of 250 eggs from no more than 40 nest sites, a Senate amendment would increase that limit to 1,000 eggs. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) officials testified that the initial egg removal limit of 250 was biologically defensible based on past analysis. However, the bill was unanimously amended by the State of Wyoming Senate Agriculture, State and Public Lands & Water Resources Committee on Feb. 15. Greater sage-grouse are still considered a species of management priority in Wyoming. Sage-grouse in Wyoming are managed by WGFD. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wyoming has more greater sage-grouse than any other state, with an estimated 37 percent of the species’ total population. Wyoming’s Greater Sage-Grouse Core Area Protection strategy was implemented in 2008 as part of the Governor’s executive order, utilizing the Sage Grouse Implementation [...]


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