Keep Wild Horses in Check to Save Greater Sage-Grouse?

A story posted August 4 by This Is Reno considers a key finding from a USGS study: Greater sage-grouse populations may continue to decline—by more than 70% within areas where the horses live by 2034—of horse populations continue increasing at current rates.

Let’s take a closer look at ‘areas where the horses live.’  How many of them are not occupied by privately owned livestock?  How did the researchers get a clean separation between the effects related to horses and those related to livestock, a problem known as ‘confounding?’  Who commissioned the study?

A subsequent column in the Sierra Nevada Ally dated August 8 asks similar questions.

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