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Editor:

I have been in and out of Elko and Eureka counties in Nevada since 1972 -- I started the aerial predator hunting program, Federal Predator Control Program, using helicopters in Elko. There used to be thousands of sage grouse.

In these counties back in the day there were also thousands of range sheep and cattle. When the predator effort began to dry up and the range sheep and cattle were reduced, the sage grouse numbers followed this decline of livestock and predator control.

We perhaps have more ravens now days than we do sage grouse. Ravens need to be taken off the protected listing. We will never bring the sage grouse numbers back unless something is done with predators!

James Mike Laughlin

Federal Wildlife Biologist

USF&W & USDA APHIS (Retired)

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