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This file photo taken April 15, 2008, near Rawlins, Wyo., shows a male sage grouse performing his “strut.” Federal wildlife officials proposed Friday to list populations of sage grouse in Nevada and California as an endangered species. Miners, ranchers and others that operate on public lands have opposed the protections as an economic disaster. (AP photo/Rawlins Daily Times)

Wildlife service determining whether sage grouse in SD, other western states should be protected

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By Jason Dearen

SAN FRANCISCO — Federal wildlife officials on Friday proposed to list as threatened populations of greater sage grouse in Nevada and California in an effort to save the struggling species, a decision that promises to pose new challenges for ranching and energy development in the West.

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