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Feds Block Energy Exploration to Protect Bird

The Associated Press reports that "the federal government this week declared more than 400,000 acres in southwestern Colorado and eastern Utah off-limits to energy exploration or any other kind of development to protect the Gunnison sage grouse, a precursor to a much larger fight over another species of the bird that ranges across 11 Western states."  

"The Bureau of Land Management directive released Monday formalizes protections the government had already implemented to preserve the Gunnison grouse. A decision on whether to list it as an endangered species is due in November."  

"BLM spokesman Steven Hall said that the protected land falls in 800,000 acres that have been identified as the bird's general range."

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