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Grouse mirrors spotted owl


I was interested to read your article on the sage grouse. It sounds to me as if you would like to return to the 19th and early 20th century. You would rather put a transmission tower on private land than Bureau of Land Management land where it might disturb a grouse or a hawk. I understand that livestock grazing is also very detrimental to the grouse.


There are plans to cut grazing allotments in Owyhee County, Idaho, by up to 40 percent. That will let the grass grow and be just ripe for a lightning strike. I guess wildfire isn't detrimental to the grouse. The real threatened species is the Owyhee County rancher. The rancher is the finest steward of the land as his livelihood depends on stewardship of the land.


I wonder if the officials putting all the stress on our ranchers are on the take from the myriad of left-wing environmental groups whose stated purpose is to remove all livestock from the federal range. The sage grouse is our spotted owl -- a hoax.


Pembroke Thom Rathbone


Marsing, Idaho











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