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Butch Otter

Sage grouse won't get endangered species protection

WASHINGTON The Department of the Interior will not give endangered species protection to the sage grouse, deciding against a listing that would have restricted energy and residential development in the West. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the birds are benefiting from the largest land conservation effort in American history. "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that these collective efforts add up to a bright future for the sage grouse," said Jewell, who announced the decision on Tuesday morning. The governors of Colorado, Montana, Nevada and Wyoming joined Jewell at an event near Denver and praised the decision, saying it proves the success of state...