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The perils of prairie grouse

Published 09/30/2011, The Jamestown Sun

When the first settlers migrated to the tall grass prairie of the Great Plains beginning in the 1860s, they found millions of prairie chickens, or pinnated grouse. Sod-busters turned the Great Plains into the breadbasket of the U.S., but in plowing the virgin prairie they essentially eliminated the prairie chicken, a species that is utterly dependent upon virgin prairie.

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