Governor Mead Praises Sage Grouse Decision

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Wyoming Governor Matt Mead praised the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s announcement Tuesday that the greater sage-grouse will not be listed under the Endangered Species Act. The news comes from the office of the governor. Mead joined Secretary of the Department of the Interior Sally Jewell and Fish and Wildlife Service’s Director Dan Ashe for the announcement in Denver Tuesday.

Mead said that he’s pleased with the announcement, and feels that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made the right decision. Mead said that this is the result of Wyoming and other western states taking a proactive approach by working with industry, agriculture, conservation groups and the federal government. Over the past decade, Wyoming has worked aggressively to prevent sage grouse from being listed. In July, Governor Mead updated an earlier Executive Order that protects core areas of grouse habitat.

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