Why do sage grouse need attention?
Once found in 13 western states and three Canadian provinces, sage grouse are found today in 11 states and in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan. The bird's remaining strongholds are in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada, and Oregon. Concerned about the status of sagebrush habitat and sage grouse on western rangelands, several parties have petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act.
While the loss of sagebrush habitat in quality and quantity is not as severe in Montana as elsewhere, the loss is significant enough, at least in parts of the state, to influence sage grouse numbers and populations trends.