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Wind farm plan draws opposition; Hunters, wildlife advocates say Lincoln County site wrong for project

Hunters and wildlife advocates are taking aim at plans to put 350 wind turbines on Lincoln County’s picturesque Mount Wilson and nearby ridges that are home to mule deer, elk and sage grouse.

They fear noise and vibrations from the turbine blades whirling on 300-foot towers will disrupt deer and elk migration to summer fawning areas and devastate the breeding grounds, or “leks,” of sage grouse.

“If you go in and put wind turbines on Mount Wilson, the sage grouse are gone,” Lincoln County Wildlife Advisory Board Chairman Cory Lytle said Thursday at a Las Vegas sportsmen’s gathering.

“Why put a wind farm there? It doesn’t make sense,” he said at the forum sponsored by the Coalition for Nevada’s Wildlife, the National Wildlife Federation and the Desert-Las Vegas Chapter of Safari Club International.

Contact reporter Keith Rogers at krogers@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0308.