The greater sage grouse can be “up to 30 inches long and two feet tall, weighing from two to seven pounds”, say the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) - a federal government agency helping in the conservation of the greater sage-grouse.
The diets of these ground-dwelling birds, and cover, consists mainly of sagebrush. However, as a result of “overhunting, habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation” the species is on a decline. Estimates showed historical populations to be 1.6 million to 16 million greater sage-grouse. By 2000 the FWS estimated that number to be between 100,000 and 500,000.
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