- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota wildlife officials say the ruffed grouse population in the state is up dramatically this year.

A Game and Fish Department spring survey indicated a 44 percent jump in ruffed grouse statewide over 2014. The number of male grouse heard drumming in the Pembina Hills was up 86 percent, and the Turtle Mountains saw a 35 percent increase.

Upland Game Bird Supervisor Stan Kohn says ruffed grouse in North Dakota seem to adjust their numbers depending on the quantity and quality of habitat in an area, and the amount of available food.

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