Since 2001, when the sage plains of western Wyoming’s Pinedale region teemed with game, the Bureau of Land Management–our nation’s primary caretaker of public land and wildlife–has overseen the area’s transformation into one of the most productive and profitable natural gas fields on federal lands. But mule deer, sage grouse, and pronghorn numbers have plummeted.
What are BLM wildlife biologists doing about it? Filing more gas-drilling permits, according to this Washington Post story, and with the hearty support of the Bush Administration and some members of Congress. For a revealing look at how energy production on public lands affects wildlife, check out the full story below.