Temporary fencing is part of sage grouse research

Crews are constructing temporary electric fences in Southern Idaho as part of a long-term research project to find out if spring grazing affects nesting sage-grouse. The electric fences help to manage livestock so the ranchers can still graze portions of pastures while other portions are not grazed.

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Thank you for your help keeping the gates closed as you drive along the two-track roads intersected by the electric fences. Fences are on Browns Bench (west of Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir) and southwest of Malta on the southeast side of Jim Sage Mountain. We also have fences southeast of Grasmere in Owyhee County and west of Atomic City, south of Big Southern Butte in Butte County. The fences will be removed once grazing finishes this fall.