Denver (AP) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it will reconsider its 2006 decision to keep the Gunnison Sage Grouse off the endangered species list.
Spokeswoman Diane Katzenberger said yesterday the agency decided to review the ruling in light of a December report that found improper political meddling in endangered species rulings.
The report by the Inspector General for the Interior Department found that former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior Julie Macdonald and other Bush administration officials interfered with federal biologists' decision-making for multiple species.
The Fish and Wildlife Service has filed notice of its pending review in federal court in Washington, D.C.
The Gunnison Sage Grouse, a chicken-like bird with spiky tail feathers, is found only in western Colorado and on the Colorado-Utah border.