Seventy-five male sage grouse putting on a show for their hen friends and strutting on local leks this spring may be enough to negate the need to import outside birds this year, biologists agreed last week.

A “technical team” assembled by the state set that loose threshold while weighing how to move forward with the smallest Jackson Hole sage grouse population in history. While drawing up recommendations the team of scientists and managers established three categories — less than 50 grouse, 50 to 75 and more than 75 — and a recommendation for how to respond in April and May according to which category the counts fall into.

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