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DNR: Ruffed grouse population fell 9% in past year

Ruffed Grouse (courtesy of Flickr).
Ruffed Grouse (courtesy of Flickr).

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s population of ruffed grouse has dropped nine percent over the past year.

That’s according to a roadside survey by the state DNR, the U.S. Forest Service, Indian tribal staff members, and volunteers.

For almost 50 years, surveyors have monitored 10 breeding sites for ruffed grouse, counting the numbers of drumming sounds that the male grouse produce.

Ecologists blamed the reduction on a loss of brushy and dense areas which grouse need for cover.

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