Contact Us

Grassland in South Dakota Has Fewer Prairie Chicken, Grouse

FILE: Sage Grouse
Clipart

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Prairie chicken and grouse numbers are down sharply from last year on the Fort Pierre National Grassland in central South Dakota, and officials say the drought a year ago is a likely reason.

Biologists say there’s no cause for alarm because populations in recent years have been strong, meaning hunters could still see a good year.

The federal grassland sprawls across nearly 181 square miles south of Fort Pierre. This year’s survey indicates prairie chicken numbers are down more than a third from 2012 and sharp-tailed grouse are down by more than half.

U.S. Forest Service wildlife biologist Ruben Mares tells the Capital Journal that last year’s drought created unfavorable conditions for chick survival and also might have left fewer insects for the birds to eat.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

More Local News

More State, US & World News

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://ksoo.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on KSOO-AM 1140 - Live, Local and Breaking News from Sioux Falls, South Dakota quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on KSOO-AM 1140 - Live, Local and Breaking News from Sioux Falls, South Dakota quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!