(BOISE, ID) – Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey say Idaho’s sage grouse population does best with little to no interaction with humans. The study, which was released earlier this month, found that 99 percent of breeding sites were in areas with very few roads, power lines, and communication towers, suggesting that sage grouse will often leave high impact areas for more solitude. A current plan backed by Gov. Butch Otter prohibits big infrastructure projects in core sage grouse habitat.
Nate Sunderland, EastIdahoNews.com
Natalia Hepworth, EastIdahoNews.com
Josh Friesen, Idaho State Journal