Mesa County says it may sue over Gunnison grouse listing as threatened species



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GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado — The Mesa County commissioners say they might join other governments in suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for listing the Gunnison sage grouse as threatened.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports (http://tinyurl.com/mhpwoxu ) commissioners approved a notice of intent to sue Monday. They say the listing wasn't necessary.

Officials say the notice doesn't obligate them to sue but puts the county on record as opposing the listing.

The listing, announced in November, could restrict oil and gas, agriculture and other activities. About 5,000 Gunnison grouse remain, only in Colorado and Utah.

The states of Colorado and Utah and three other counties in the two states have also said they might sue, arguing the listing was unnecessary.

Environmental groups filed their own lawsuit notice, saying the listing wasn't strong enough.


Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com

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