Monday, March 10, 2014

Ranchers group urges member action against Nevada wildlife agency over sage grouse plans

The Nevada Cattlemen's Association urged its members to deny state Department of Wildlife employees access to private land to protest the agency's proposals on protecting sage grouse. The group's call on Friday for members to avoid cooperating with the wildlife agency came amid anger by some ranchers over what they perceive as anti-grazing sentiments in the plans to safeguard the bird's habitat. The wildlife agency supports proposals favored by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management that would financially harm many ranchers, the cattlemen's association said in a statement urging action against the department. Federal officials are preparing a strategy to avoid the sage grouse's listing as an endangered or threatened species. Such a listing would have economic consequences for ranching, mining and alternative energy development across large swaths of land. Wildlife department spokesman Chris Healy told the Reno Gazette-Journal that the flap is the result of a "big misunderstanding that can be fixed by continued dialogue."...more

Ranchers don't do "dialogue", especially the continued kind.  They will, however, discuss issues with decision makers.  Don't tell the BLM, but they can also swim and wrestle alligators and you don't "dialogue" with either.

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