State lawmakers defeat a bill aimed at reducing sage grouse hunting.
Representatives voted 53 to 3 Friday to introduce legislation for a preference-point system for sage grouse hunting licenses.
The points would've made it harder for hunters to get a license.
Environmentalists want sage grouse listed as a federally-protected species but U.S. & Wildlife Service agents decided against it in 2015.
Representative Roy Edwards of Gillette says his bill helps the birds in Wyoming where they're still hunted.
Representative Jim Allen of Lander says the bill would've set a "tacit acknowledgment".
Wyoming doesn't many sage grouse and they need protection.