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Bayfield Co. to Get Grouse from NW Minnesota

Up to five dozen sharp-tailed grouse will be moved from northwestern Minnesota to Bayfield County. Up to five dozen sharp-tailed grouse will be moved from northwestern Minnesota to Bayfield County. |  Photo: Glenn Kellahan/WDIO-TV, file

April 14, 2017 02:13 PM

(AP) - The entertaining springtime ritual of male sharp-tailed grouse strutting their stuff on the prairie to impress the ladies isn't as common a sight in Wisconsin as it once was. So biologists are bringing in some new blood from Minnesota to give an isolated flock a new shot at survival.

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Starting next week, wildlife biologists plan to capture up to 60 of the birds in northwestern Minnesota. Then they'll release them into the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest of northern Wisconsin in hopes that they'll inject some fresh genetics.

The birds' new home will be the 22,000-acre Moquah Pine Barrens in Bayfield County, a rare habitat that the U.S. Forest Service has been working to restore in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, other agencies and local tribes.


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