Like all greater sage grouse populations across the West, those in California have declined dramatically since the early 1900s. And it's no wonder why: Vast portions of their habitat have been significantly degraded or eliminated by livestock grazing, off-road vehicle use, roads, wildfire, conifer encroachment and relentless development.
And while hunting has not been considered a major risk factor to the species to date, adding that new variable to the mix threatens to jeopardize the few small, isolated sage grouse populations still clinging to survival.
That's why the state's wildlife officials should be taking steps to protect sage grouse rather than allowing trophy hunting to continue.
Please join with the Center in urging the California Fish and Game Commission to end hunting of this iconic sagebrush species.
August 3, 2016 Action Alert ID# 406
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