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Each spring, about 80 to 100 sage grouse come to mate on a large flat in the upper Pahsimeroi River Valley, near Challis.
After mating season, the hens raise their broods on state and federal land in the Donkey Hills and take them across a dirt road into a spacious wet meadow on private ranchland to raise their young.
The Goldburg Meadow belongs to rancher Tom Page of Big Creek Ranches, who is making a number of improvements on the property to benefit sage grouse and other wildlife such as curlews and antelope.
A new livestock management plan delays the time when cattle move into the meadow, leaving it available for sage grouse and other wildlife at a critical time of year. He's also installed 10,000 feet of wildlife-friendly fence around the perimeter of the property.Read More