Threatened and Endangered Species
Date Published: June 2015
Number of Pages: 2
Author(s): Derek Stinson
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Sage-Grouse In Washington
Washington is one of 11 western states with populations of greater sage-grouse, all of which have declined due to habitat loss in recent decades. Once common throughout the shrub-steppe areas of eastern Washington, the species now occupies about 8 percent of its historical range.
Only about 900 sage-grouse remain in Washington. Th e largest populations are in Douglas County and on Yakima Training Center. Very small populations of reintroduced grouse exist in Lincoln County and in the vicinity of the Yakama Reservation.
Sage-grouse were added to Washingtonâ€™s threatened species list in 1998 and are now being considered for listing under the federal Endangered Species Act. Since 70 percent of the stateâ€™s current sage-grouse population occupies private property in the Columbia Basin of Washington, the future of the species depends on the continued stewardship of those working lands.
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