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Male greater sage grouse perform mating rituals for a female grouse, not pictured, on a lake outside Walden, Colo., on April 20, 2013. (Photo: David Zalubowski/AP, file)

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U.S. judge blocks Nevada grazing; sage grouse totals dwindling

A federal judge has blocked a Nevada project that would expand livestock grazing across 400 squares miles of some of the highest priority sage-grouse habitat in the West and accused the government of deliberately misleading the public by underestimating damage the cattle could do to the land.

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