OUTDOORS: Reversal of fortunes
Published 01/09/2010, Grand Forks Herald
After early success, prairie chicken numbers in Grand Forks County are on the decline while sharp-tailed grouse populations are growing
A look at the numbers shows the extent of the trend. In the past six years, the number of prairie chicken cocks in the Grand Forks study area has fallen steadily, from 330 in 2004 to 113 in the spring of 2009. Sharptails, by comparison, have risen from 237 in 2004 to a high of 309 in 2008 and 299 last year.