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Prairie-chicken Restoration Efforts Take Flight in Southeast Colorado

If Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) biologists are successful, the answer will be to rebuild populations of this uncommon prairie grouse, which has mostly disappeared from the grasslands of the southeast corner of the state.

CPW wildlife biologists Jonathan Reitz and Liza Rossi recently completed a month-long effort to catch and relocate lesser prairie-chickens from stronghold populations in Kansas. It’s part of a joint four-year operation between CPW, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, and the U.S. Forest Service to rebuild prairie chicken populations in a 330,000-acre swath of southeastern Colorado and southwestern Kansas.  Read More »