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Ruffed Grouse survey shows declineSubmitted: 06/22/2018
Ryan Sandberg
Ryan Sandberg
Meteorologist/News Producer
rsandberg@wjfw.com

Ruffed Grouse survey shows decline
ONEIDA COUNTY -
Ruffed grouse appear to be less active this spring compared to last year.

Recent surveys showed drumming activity was down 34 percent across the state.


It's down 38 percent in the northern forest region.

The grouse population was expected to continue increasing over the next several years.

"The drumming counts obviously have already been done. Here in Oneida County, we're almost half of what we were last year," said DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz.

A decline in those spring survey numbers is not normal with a typical population cycle. But Holtz says that doesn't give a clear answer to how the population is doing.

"It's important to remember that the drumming count is an index of the non-breeding segment of the population. So, it'd be like going to a football game and counting the guys there and figuring out how many people are in the school," said Holtz.

The DNR expects to have a better understanding of how the population is doing later this summer.


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