- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - State wildlife officials will draft a plan to help protect an endangered bird species that is part of the grouse family.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (https://bit.ly/1QyWSlb) the white-tailed ptarmigan has been listed as endangered in the state since 1975.

Taos County and the New Mexico Game and Fish Department will start drafting a management plan in May.

U.S. Forest Service data shows that less than 20 of the birds have been seen annually since 1985. Just three were seen in 2011.

Experts say white-tailed ptarmigans tend to inhabit high-altitude areas and survive in cooler temperatures.

Wildlife officials say the bird is threatened by factors like climate change, development and other animals competing for food.

A public meeting will be held May 5 in Taos.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com

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