Click for: NDOW Sage Grouse Killed by Nevada Hunters 2000 – 2013 1
Since the year 2000, Nevada hunters have killed over 60,000 sage grouse in Nevada while, at the same time, the bird has been subject to much scrutiny as to whether it warrants listing under ESA. Here’s the weird part: the Nevada Department of Wildlife and the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners claim that this killing actually benefits or does no harm to the bird….a notion called compensatory mortality…a notion used to justify all hunting and trapping. The contrary notion….additive mortality….is what happens when one raven takes one egg from a sage grouse nest and chaos ensues for sage grouse. Such is the state of “notions” these days in wildlife management regarding sage grouse hunting by human predators.