(POCATELLO) – The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is considering a sage grouse hunting season in southeast Idaho. The agency proposed a week-long hunt starting Oct. 1 in the Big Desert and Curlew areas. Fish and Game officials say hunting would allow the agency to better-understand trends in sage grouse populations by collecting wings from hunters. Those wings can then be used to determine the age and sex of the bird. Some wildlife biologists disagree with the idea, saying sage grouse habitat isn’t in the best shape, and that Fish and Game should hold off hunting until numbers stabilize.
– Tyler Andersen
Stephan Rockefeller, EastIdahoNews.com
Nate Sunderland, EastIdahoNews.com
Josh Friesen, Idaho State Journal
Natalia Hepworth, EastIdahoNews.com