posted on July 31, 2013 13:28
Sage grouse has been one of the most interesting species of birds in the US. Only a few states have been home to the Sage Grouse over the years and it’s been one of the treasures in each of those states.
But over the decades, the Sage Grouse has been under some pressure to survive. The numbers have been down steadily for decades.
Official word came out that South Dakota was canceling the Sage Grouse season for 2013. Efforts are underway to see what can be done about improving the population and the first step was to suspend hunting for this season and probably for the next few seasons.
Previously we discussed that South Dakota might cancel the Sage Grouse season for 2013. The numbers have been down and the hunting numbers in the past seasons have been held down. So there was really no downside to cancelling the season.
The good news is that South Dakota and other states are doing some things to try and help the Sage Grouse and other upland birds make a comeback in the coming years.
North Dakota is one state that has been putting forth an effort to bring back the Sage Grouse. ND has only had a small population of the upland bird over the years, but there has been a push in the last few years to improve habitat for the Sage Grouse and for other upland birds.
There has been so much pressure to mine oil and gas and plant farm crops for the last decade or so that wildlife has really had a tough go of things.
Combine those efforts with the difficult weather last summer and this spring and it’s just one of those downward trends in the weather cycle that have put pressure on upland birds including the Sage Grouse.
Hopefully in the coming years the birds will make a comeback and hunting seasons can resume again in places like South Dakota.