Wednesday, November 20, 2013

To help grouse, stop shooting them

    In response to last week’s article regarding sage grouse habitat, why is the standard government reaction to close recreational uses, and for other environmental groups to attack grazing. No one has ever thought to take the first and easiest way to study why there is a declining population of sage grouse in the West—stop shooting them!
    Let’s put a two-year moratorium in place to not harvest them. Most people will tell you that two days in a crockpot does not help them taste any better. Then have volunteers count the birds and see the results.
    What about captured breeding? I do not know if this is a possibility. If you stop killing them, they might start to come back, it seems to have worked for wolves. Use your heads, people, and think about the easy fixes first.
Randy van Dyke

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