Photo: Tom Koerner/USFWS Mountain Prairie, Greater sage grouse (Some rights reserved)
Once seen in great numbers across the West, greater sage-grouse have declined in number over the past century because of the loss of sagebrush habitats essential for their survival and had been candidate species for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Because of an unprecedented effort by dozens of partners across 11 western states, in September 2015 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the greater sage-grouse does not require protection under the Endangered Species Act.
The greater sage grouse is native to 11 western states and Canada, but its population has declined over the past century from about 16 million to fewer than 500,000 by some estimates.
The Sagebrush Sea
Greater sage grouse