>> The greater sage-grouse may be in trouble. The Trump administration plans to roll back Obama-era protections for the bird in western states so that millions of acres can be opened up for oil drilling and mining exploration.>> To protect a threatened species.>> In 2015, under President Obama the Interior Department sharply reduced oil and gas drilling in 10.7 million acres of habitat to protect the bird.
Which at the time was close to being on the endangered species list. But President Trump wants to reduce that protected area to just under 2 million acres. And open up about 9 million acres in places like Utah and Colorado for drilling and mining. Trump's Interior Department says the proposals reflect the interests of Western states that host the chicken-sized prairie fowl.
>> I said is this.>> Morning, is that true?>> Last year, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke ordered a review of the birds' protections to, quote, ensure conservation efforts do not impede local economic opportunities. Sage-grouse eat and inhabit sagebrush, which is where their name comes from. They're believed to number up to half a million in 11 western states and Southern Alberta in Canada.