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Greater sage grouse have lost roughly half of their historic range in the West — victims of all manner of development and land conversions that have fragmented their sagebrush and grassland habitats. According to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, the state has lost 1 percent to 2 percent of its sage grouse population each year for the past three decades. The decline was even worse before that.
Current sage grouse range (as of 2009) Historical sage grouse range Gunnison species
LOGAN NEV. CALIF. WASH. MONT.
ARIZ. OGDEN Great Salt Lake
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Gunnison sage grouse
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Greater sage grouse
About the sage grouse
• The upland game bird is known for its mating ritual; males inﬂate two gular sacs and erect hairlike black feathers on the back of the neck. • Breeding activity occurs on a lek or strutting ground. Males congregate on leks in late February or early March to begin the courtship ritual.
The Salt Lake Tribune
Sources: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, U.S. Geological Survey