WPR News
9:13 am
Fri July 9, 2004

Dead Sagegrouse Need To Be Reported Immediately

Rock Springs, WY – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department's Sagegrouse Coordinator is asking Wyoming residents to report any dead sagegrouse they see this summer immediately. Tom Christiansen says biolgists are particularly concerned about how deadly West Nile Virus can be for sagegrouse. He says last year, 20 to 25 of the birds were killed due to the virus. Christiansen says those deaths were the only ones confirmed by testing so the number may be higher. He says most of the dead sagegrouse were found in northeastern Wyoming's Powder River Basin. Christiansen says landowners with hay pastures should pay close attention to any dead sagegrouse or other game bird on their property.