The Gunnison County Stockgrowers Association, the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District and the Gunnison Basin Sage-grouse Strategic Committee have discussed the lawsuit in recent meetings. The US Fish and Wildlife Service listed the Gunnison Sage-grouse as a Threatened Species on 12 November 2014 under the Endangered Species Act. Gunnison County hired a sage-grouse coordinator in 2005. Only one area of range land is inhabited by the Gunnison Sage-Grouse in Utah. The researchers identified eight small populations of Gunnison sage grouse, all in Colorado except one small group of birds just across the state line in Utah. Black bill. Elevation averages 6,725 feet (2,050 m). Gunnison Sage-Grouse: Recognized as a species in 2000. In the late 1970s, Braun estimates there were as many as 10,000 Gunnison sage grouse alive — 7,000 of those in the Gunnison basin alone. Their known population is quite small, with an estimate of … The Gunnison sage grouse numbers increased between 2004 and 2007, and annual counts of the males at the breeding grounds have shown the total population hovering between about 4,000 and 5,000 since then — until 2018, when the numbers began to plunge. Remarkably, this bird was not recognized as a separate species from the Greater Appearance: A large chicken-like bird with a spiky tail that blends in with the sagebrush country. Contact Us. Brown tail feathers are long and pointed, with white bands. A rare and localized bird, found in southwestern Colorado and a small part of adjacent Utah. Males bigger than females and more colorful when mating. The federal government paid for aerial seeding to provide food for the grouse and changed their mowing practices to cater to the bird. The legal threat was a main discussion item for the stockgrowers when they met for their annual meeting on Dec. 8. The range of the Gunnison Sage-Grouse is very limited in western Colorado and southeast Utah. Recent genetic work and behavioral studies have split this former species in to the Greater Sage-Grouse and the Gunnison Sage-Grouse. Large grouse, mottled gray-brown overall with white breast, black face, chin, throat, bib and belly. Cathie Pagano Director Email Planning Community and Economic Development Department Connect via Social Media Planning and Building 221 N. Wisconsin St. Gunnison, CO 81230 The Gunnison Sage-Grouse was considered part of a single species, the Sage Grouse. An area of approximately 10,900 acres in San Juan County Utah has been designated as a global IBA for this unique species. Yellow eye combs and long black filoplumes on neck show when courting. The Gunnison Sage-grouse is a seriously imperiled species and highly vulnerable to human disturbance. To view road closures due to the Gunnison Sage-Grouse Habitat, click here and click on the Road Closures tab. 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