Lines drawn in the sage

By Will Shoemaker

The sign was clear in the freshfallen snow: pitch fork-footed sage grouse tracks and prints pressed into the mud by a herd of deer.

As I ran the Ridge Trail toward Signal Peak Saturday morning, I couldn’t escape the significance of what I was seeing: Abundant evidence of the two animals whose future most concerns sportsmen opposed to 20 miles of new singletrack development on the ground near where I jogged.

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