The greater sage grouse thrives in the sagebrush landscape of the West. U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service photo. (Public domain.)
The greater sage grouse thrives in the sagebrush landscape of the West.

Timing of livestock grazing may affect sage grouse

Study identifies options to sustain ranching and help wildlife.

Effects of livestock grazing on greater sage grouse populations can be positive or negative, depending on the amount of grazing and when grazing occurs, according to research published March 21 in Ecological Applications.

The research was conducted by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Colorado State University and Utah State University.

When a greater degree of grazing occurred early in the growing season — that is, before peak plant productivit

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