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FWP proposes relocating scores of sage grouse to Canada

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Sage Grouse (Photo from U.S. Department of the Interior) Sage Grouse (Photo from U.S. Department of the Interior)
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Montana wildlife officials have proposed relocating scores of sage grouse to Canada, but at least one state lawmaker opposes the plan.

Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks director Jeff Hagener presented a plan several days ago to help Canada’s dwindling sage grouse population; the made the proposal at a meeting of the Montana Environmental Quality Council. 

The plan would move 200 of the estimated 10,000 birds in the Phillips County area north to Canada. 

FWP will take mostly young hens and relocate them to areas in southern Canada where the birds are scarce, Hagener said.

The birds will be sent in increments of 40 at a time over five years.

“We see taking 40 hens from there to have a very insignificant impact to the overall population,” Hagener said.

The proposal was met with some opposition from legislators, especially those who want to see Montana’s grouse population bolstered first.

“There will be a bill in the legislature next year that will do some of these things, that don’t allow some of these grouse, or other endangered species to be sent out of the country,” said MT State Sen. John Brenden (R-Scobey).

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