CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission has decided to keep a three-day sage grouse hunting season open this fall in northeast Wyoming.

Game and Fish biologists proposed closing the season because of declines in the bird's population.

In addition, Game and Fish sage grouse program coordinator Tom Christiansen says some people worry hunting a species that could be placed on the endangered species list isn't a good idea.

However, dozens of people attended the Game and Fish Commission meeting on Wednesday in Casper to oppose closing the sage grouse hunting season in northeast Wyoming.

The Associated Press Reported  that some said the proposal to end hunting was based on politics and not biology.