Do reporters bother to even read what they are actually writing before drawing the nonsensical conclusions being hand-fed them by radical environmental activists with an agenda?
This story leading the web page of the Denver Post Thursday morning, for example.
The number of Colorado Gunnison sage grouse has reached alarming levels, dropping to as few as 1,800 birds, well under the 5,000 needed for a viable population, according to a nonprofit environmental conservation group.
Western Watersheds Project (WWP) said they have counted only 429 strutting males rangewide in 2019, down from 1,129 in 2015, marking the lowest since reliable records have been kept starting in the 1990s.
So which is it, 1,800 birds or 420 birds?
The story’s not clear at all about the numbers, but let’s presume for the sake of argument the numbers are dropping.
Because as the story states, the grouse faced tough conditions from 2017-2019 due to extreme winter seasons and deep snow.
The good news, according to the same story, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) officials have observed large populations of chicks this year.
Also, grouse numbers “typically bottom out with low population periods occurring about every 10 years, followed by periods of increasing numbers, according to the CPW.”
So it’s a pattern, bad weather is a key factor, but the population does, and is bouncing back.
But as usual, these radical enviros of the Western Watersheds Project were just creating an excuse with their confusing count to push their original agenda, which is to end grazing on public lands.
Pay no attention to that weather.
Clait Braun of the Western Watersheds Project concludes in the story that we must stop grazing to help the grouse survive when the snow gets too deep, or something …
How do we know that’s their agenda, because this group won a lawsuit last week against the federal government to block drilling, mining and grazing on 51 million acres of land they think should solely belong to the grouse.
Now, the story makes sense.