Saratoga sage grouse get extra protection


Madeline Weiss

Mary Read shows Jesse Mendoza, right, the map of fencing while volunteers offer input.

Jesse Mendoza, of Boy Scout Troop No. 152 in Rawlins, recruited the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for his Eagle Scout project. Mendoza's project involved the help of BLM wildlife biologist Mary Read in order to install reflectors for sage grouse.

The importance of the project, Mendoza explained to the group of 12-14 people that joined him, was to keep the sage grouse from flying into fences on ranch land, which can kill them. The area where Mendoza's project took place, off county road 385, is next to two sage grouse leks, which is the area where the sage grouse mate and live based off a...

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