What is this money for? Are biologist given this data?
In the case of sage and sharp-tailed grouse, that is critical information for our management program.
The purchase of a permit for these birds tells us how many people hunted for these species in Idaho during the current year's hunt. We can then go to our database and query this specific group of hunters to find out how many birds they harvested, general information on where the birds were taken, and how many other sage or sharp-tailed grouse they observed.
We then add the information to our trend data set to generate comparison information to past years. This is a critical piece to our management decision making process.