National Drought Mitigation Center

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Sixty-one percent fewer pheasant chicks in North Dakota
9/12/2017 12:00:00 AM

Plants & Wildlife
North Dakota

Start Date: 9/11/2017 -  
The pheasant count in North Dakota was down 61 percent, compared to 2016, according to the state’s roadside pheasant survey. This is the lowest count in at least 20 years, said R.J. Gross, upland game management biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Drought limits the number of insects available for pheasant chicks to eat and also limits habitat, leaving juveniles more exposed to predators. A similar survey found that there were fewer pheasant chicks in South Dakota, too. Yankton Press & Dakotan (S.D.), Sept. 11, 2017