Tell the Fish and Wildlife Service: Gunnison sage grouse need to be protected

Docket No. FWS-R6-ES-2022-N063 FXES11130600000-234-FF06E00000

The Gunnison sage grouse needs your help. As few as 3,000 remain in the southern corners of Colorado and Utah, and their sagebrush habitat is being carved up for land conversion, development, roads and recreation. The few sage grouse left are being cut off from one another and with smaller, more isolated populations, these birds face serious risks from genetic inbreeding and disruptive events such as droughts or wildfires.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the Gunnison sage grouse as "threatened" less than a decade ago. There are even fewer of these birds left in the world now -- and they need their Endangered Species Act protections to survive.

I urge you to uphold the Gunnison sage grouse's Endangered Species Act protections and upgrade its status to "endangered," a truer reflection of just how close to the cusp this bird is.