NV wildlife agency's sage grouse plans criticized



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RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Cattlemen's Association is urging its members to deny Nevada Department of Wildlife employees access to private land to protest the agency's proposals to protect sage grouse.

The group's call for members to avoid cooperating with the agency comes amid anger by some ranchers over what they perceive as its anti-grazing sentiments on the issue.

The cattlemen's association, in a statement urging action against the Department of Wildlife, says the agency supports proposals favored by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management that would financially harm many ranchers.

Federal officials are preparing a strategy to avoid the sage grouse's listing as an endangered or threatened species

Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy told the Reno Gazette-Journal (http://on.rgj.com/1fNJdKE ) the flap is the result of a "big misunderstanding" and his agency has scheduled a meeting with the cattlemen's association board to explain its position.

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