October 25, 2013
FILE --This file photo taken Tuesday, April 15, 2008, near Rawlins, Wyo., shows a male sage grouse performing his "strut". Federal wildlife officials are expected to make a decision Friday Oct. 25, 2013 about listing populations of sage grouse in Nevada and California as an endangered species. Miners, ranchers and others that operate on public lands have opposed the protections as an economic disaster. (AP Photo/Rawlins Daily Times, Jerret Raffety, File)
SAN FRANCISCO — Federal wildlife officials on Friday proposed to list populations of greater sage grouse in Nevada and California as threatened in an effort to save the struggling species. The decision promises to pose new challenges for ranching and energy development in the West.