Over the past century, sage grouse habitation has been declining due to human development and wildfires resulting in a large population decline. Unfortunately, the sage grouse does not easily adapt to new environments. And for the most part, they rely on vast stretches of sage brush that are predominantly undisturbed.
The greater sage grouse population is said to have declined by about 80 percent in the past century. Currently, Wyoming and South Dakota plus the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta inhabit approximately 56 percent of the sage grouses range. However, there are about 11 Western states where the sage grouse resides. In an effort to save the sage grouse, citizen groups in Wyoming have apportioned the state’s $1.2 million budget for sage grouse habitat improvement.
Recently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have decided that the greater sage grouse does not require protection under the Endangered Species Act. The Department of Interior concedes the effort by 11 western states to conserve the sage brush ecosystem, including Wyoming.