CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lawmakers have defeated a bill that could have resulted in less hunting of an imperiled, ground-dwelling bird.
The Wyoming House voted 56-3 Friday not to introduce a bill that would have set up a preference-point system for sage grouse hunting licenses. Preference points typically make it more difficult for hunters to get a license.
Some environmentalists want the greater sage grouse listed as a federally protected species but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided in 2015 not to do that.
Rep. Roy Edwards of Gillette described his bill as a way to help sage grouse in a state where they’re still hunted.
Rep. Jim Allen of Lander says the bill would have amounted to a “tacit acknowledgement” Wyoming doesn’t have many sage grouse and that they need protecting.