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Gunnison sage grouse population numbers decline to alarming low, nonprofit says

Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post
Dave Showalter, Colorado Parks and Wildlife via AP, fileThis April 2014 photo provided by Colorado Parks and Wildlife shows a Gunnison sage grouse with tail feathers fanned near Gunnison, Colo.

The number of Colorado Gunnison sage grouse has reached alarming levels, dropping to as few as 1,800 birds, well under the 5,000 needed for a viable population, according to a nonprofit environmental conservation group.

Western Watersheds Project (WWP) said they have counted only 429 strutting males rangewide in 2019, down from 1,129 in 2015, marking the lowest since reliable records have been kept starting in the 1990s.

“Another bad year for the main Gunnison basin population could spell disaster, so state officials need to leap into action to help these amazing birds,” Ryan Shannon, an attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a press release from the WWP.

The WWP numbers are derived from state data released earlier this year.

Read more via The Denver Post.


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