- Associated Press - Saturday, July 2, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Biologists say sharp-tailed grouse populations are slightly lower than last year across North Dakota.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department says grouse numbers are down 6 percent statewide from last year. Biologists count male sharp-tails on their dancing grounds in 25 monitoring blocks throughout the state.

Upland game management supervisor Aaron Robinson says the drop was expected due to dry weather last year.

He says there are not enough insects around during dry conditions that chicks need to survive.

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