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Obama admin. sued by Colo. Gov. Hickenlooper over Gunnison sage grouse
The Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2014 | Valerie Richardson

Posted on 12/13/2014 10:21:56 AM PST by jazusamo

DENVER — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper made good Friday on his promise to sue the federal government over its hotly contested move to list the Gunnison sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act.

The Colorado Attorney General’s office filed a notice of intent to sue with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Fish and Wildlife Service director Daniel M. Ashe, arguing that the agency’s Nov. 12 decision to list the bird as threatened was flawed and failed to appreciate fully the impact of aggressive state and local conservation efforts.

“The Service failed to use the best available science in its listing decision,” said the six-page notice by Assistant Attorney General Lisa Reynolds. “The best available scientific data indicates that the species is not warranted for protection under the ESA because the Gunnison basin population, which comprises the vast majority of the species’ individuals and occupied range, is not in danger of extinction now or in the foreseeable future.”

The decision to list the Gunnison sage grouse, found only in southwestern Colorado and eastern Utah, was closely watched by state officials and wildlife advocates who believe it may foreshadow the agency’s action on the greater sage grouse, which has a far larger habitat extending across 11 Western states.

A greater sage grouse listing could chill economic development throughout the rural West, including ranching, grazing and energy development.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Colorado; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: colorado; esa; grouse; hickenlooper; interiordepartment; lawsuit; sagegrouse; usfws
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1 posted on 12/13/2014 10:21:57 AM PST by jazusamo
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To: george76; Flycatcher

Hicky sues feds.


2 posted on 12/13/2014 10:23:29 AM PST by jazusamo (0bama to go 'full-Mussolini' after elections: Mark Levin)
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To: jazusamo

Did he get back in?


3 posted on 12/13/2014 10:29:40 AM PST by headstamp 2
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To: headstamp 2

Yep - unfortunately. The Californicator invaders voted this pinhead back in. The Republicans put up Bob again ....


4 posted on 12/13/2014 10:32:17 AM PST by JoeVet (First rule of holes ... when you find yourself standing in one - stop digging ... unless ur a Dim)
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To: jazusamo

Sage Grouse are already protected in Colorado and 1/3 of the state is public land and all the species of Grouse here have plenty of room. Ranches provide even better habitat as hunting pressure is lower on ranches.

Leave us alone, we can make these decisions just fine on our own. We’ve got Blue, Dusky, Sage, Gunnison, etc. These are just localized populations that are inbred. It’s perfectly natural that some species of these go away.

Leave nature alone as much as possible, you frickin’ busybodies.


5 posted on 12/13/2014 10:33:43 AM PST by SaxxonWoods (Life is good.)
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To: headstamp 2

Sadly, yes.


6 posted on 12/13/2014 10:35:40 AM PST by jazusamo (0bama to go 'full-Mussolini' after elections: Mark Levin)
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To: SaxxonWoods

Well said, keep the feds out of it.


7 posted on 12/13/2014 10:36:57 AM PST by jazusamo (0bama to go 'full-Mussolini' after elections: Mark Levin)
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To: jazusamo

Sage grouse are fun to hunt and good eatin’!


8 posted on 12/13/2014 10:37:36 AM PST by Road Warrior 04 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: JoeVet
Yep - unfortunately. The Californicator invaders voted this pinhead back in.

Same kinda chit happening in Montana.

9 posted on 12/13/2014 10:38:34 AM PST by Road Warrior 04 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: jazusamo

“Gunnison sage grouse”

another nonsense invention of the left.

For over 30 years envirowhackos have been inventing species differentiation where none exists. They do this specifically to be able to object to ANY development they choose.

Talk to biology students who’ve been assigned the field work to “find something unique” in a given area.


10 posted on 12/13/2014 10:53:11 AM PST by G Larry (Amnesty imposes SLAVE WAGES on LEGAL immigrants & minorities)
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To: G Larry; Flycatcher

Exactly right. FReeper Flycatcher has verified several times that the enviro-nazis create subspecies for that purpose.


11 posted on 12/13/2014 11:02:02 AM PST by jazusamo (0bama to go 'full-Mussolini' after elections: Mark Levin)
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To: jazusamo

Broken clock gets it right occasionally


12 posted on 12/13/2014 11:04:59 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

LOL! Exactly, my thought also when posting.


13 posted on 12/13/2014 11:06:35 AM PST by jazusamo (0bama to go 'full-Mussolini' after elections: Mark Levin)
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To: jazusamo; G Larry
You guys got that right. I can't even begin to tell you how many new bird species have been "created" out of very small morphological differences. Worse still, virtually all of these new "species" still FREELY INTERBREED with the species they've been split from. AND PRODUCE VIABLE OFFSPRING!

It's nonsense. Political nonsense. And they're well aware of it too.

Thanks for the Ping, Jaz!

14 posted on 12/13/2014 11:28:38 AM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: george76; jazusamo
Notice how Democrats are ALWAYS for the restrictions that the EPA dictates, except, of course, when these restrictions negatively affect THEIR state.

Nice to see Hick get this right, but what a filthy hypocrite.

15 posted on 12/13/2014 11:32:43 AM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Flycatcher

Thanks for the confirmation, Fly.

You couldn’t be more right about libs only resisting enviros and other nuts when it affects them or their state, hypocrites in the extreme.


16 posted on 12/13/2014 11:39:10 AM PST by jazusamo (0bama to go 'full-Mussolini' after elections: Mark Levin)
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To: jazusamo

I was amused and heartened to see the sage grouse mentioned in the big spending bill. C. J. Box next novel, called Endangered, is all about the sage grouse, and other things of course.


17 posted on 12/13/2014 11:40:35 AM PST by firebrand
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To: Flycatcher; jazusamo

Hick , leftie celebrities, and other DUmmies own rural land for a tax dodge.

Bet they are now worried that ESA / EPA will take their investments .


18 posted on 12/13/2014 12:06:56 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: jazusamo

BS PR move. The Republicans already banned protecting the sage grouse.


19 posted on 12/13/2014 12:09:40 PM PST by dangus
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To: dangus

Yes, they put a rider in the omnibus bill to withhold funding, I posted the article but that doesn’t mean the enviros and administration won’t come back pursue it.


20 posted on 12/13/2014 12:22:33 PM PST by jazusamo (0bama to go 'full-Mussolini' after elections: Mark Levin)
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