- Wildlife Refuges
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- Migratory Birds
- Law Enforcement
Plastic reflectors designed to make wire fence wildlife-visible in low-light conditions adorn a fence adjacent to a lek or strutting area on BLM land in Prairie County, Mont. The markers are placed as part of a BLM program designed to mitigate wildlife mortality, particularly sage and sharptail grouse, due to fence collisions. Courtesy of BLM.
The fence-caused deaths in addition to oil and gas drilling, grazing and other development, which have destroyed half the sage grouse's original year-round habitat, are factors blamed for pushing the birds closer to endangered status. Wildlife groups have advocated for more protection for the sage grouse for years, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently in the process of evaluating whether the sage grouse should be listed under the Endangered Species Act. If the birds are listed, the ensuing environmental safeguards could pose costly hurdles to oil and gas development."Listing these birds under the Endangered Species Act is likely to have far-reaching consequences for livestock grazing, oil and gas development, and wind energy development across much of the country," said Michael Bean, senior director of EDF's wildlife program. "Reducing the hazard from fencing is a practical step that can be taken now to reduce one of the known threats to these birds. It could produce immediate benefits for very little money. This is a smart investment, and one we can afford."
Wildlife Crossing Structures
When they redid Hwy 93 south of Flathead Lake the tribe pushed for building game crossing structures. Some were thinking critters wouldn't use them, but these remote cameras clearly show that they do. Looks like the tribe fought for this and it is proving successful at protecting wildlife, let alone deterring collisions with motorists. This is a real success for the Tribes in Montana. Quite the zoo out there.