Report: Barbed Wire Fences Deadly To Sage Grouse

The impact to sage grouse numbers appears to be very large

Fencing is harmful to wildlife for many reasons © Brian Ertz 2009

Fencing is harmful to wildlife © Brian Ertz 2009

The thousands and thousands of miles of barbed wire fence chopping up lands throughout the west is bad for wildlife for many reasons.

Now, the impact that this installation for livestock production on public lands has to sage grouse is demonstrated in a study showing definitively that many sage grouse die in collisions with barbed wire fences. This should inform the US Fish & Wildlife’s court-ordered decision about whether or not to list sage grouse.

Report: Barbed Wire Fences Deadly To Sage GrouseAP

Grousing Around

Joan McCarter looks at some of Wyoming’s recent strategies to protect sage grouse, avoid ESA listing of Sage grouse to keep Oil & Gas happy.

Grousing Around
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Greater Sage Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)