Flagging Fences

Sage-Grouse, Photo: USFWS Pacific Southwest Region

Sage-grouse, once a common sight in the West, are now imperiled, with current populations estimated at less than ten percent of historic levels. The birds are low, powerful fliers, known to fly before sunrise to their breeding grounds. When flushed, they sometimes fly directly into barbed wire strands…with gruesome results. Fences near sage-grouse breeding and nesting habitat and wintering areas can be especially hazardous.

Defenders' team gathered in rural Montana to flag miles of barbed-wire fencing in order to protect sage-grouse.
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