The long-awaited decision is in: The greater Western sage grouse will not be listed as an endangered species. When Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the decision in Denver last week, many – including Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and three other Western governors in attendance – expressed their approval.
Not everyone was happy, however. One conservation group said the decision was political, and not science-based. An industry group said it was going to file a lawsuit, because the compromise agreement reached between federal and state governments and other vested parties encroached on their right to explore for oil and gas.
The decision not to list the bird will be reviewed in five years.