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Some bird populations down from last year

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Hunters stalking sharp-tailed grouse and partridge might have to look a little harder than usual this year. Weather has affected nesting habitat and the development of young chicks, said Jerry Kobriger with the state Game and...

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Hunters stalking sharp-tailed grouse and partridge might have to look a little harder than usual this year.

Weather has affected nesting habitat and the development of young chicks, said Jerry Kobriger with the state Game and Fish Department.

Drought in the southwestern and north-central parts of North Dakota has hurt the birds. Too much moisture in the northeast and a cold winter with more snow than usual also has affected the populations.

Preliminary results from wildlife surveys show fewer sharptail broods than last year. The average brood size also may be a record low.

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