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Two male sage grouse compete for a piece of strutting ground April 10 on a lek near the base of the Rattlesnake Hills in southwest Natrona County. (AP photo)

Feds spend $236M to help landowners protect grouse

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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The federal government paid $236 million to landowners in 11 states to preserve sage grouse habitat amid a debate over whether the bird should be listed as an endangered species — potentially hindering energy development and ranching.

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