Birds of Indian Subcontinent

Status and Management of Sharp-Tailed Grouse in Michigan

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1963
Authors:Ammann, GA
Journal:The Journal of Wildlife Management
Date Published:1963
ISBN Number:0022541X
Keywords:Pedioecetes, Pedioecetes phasianellus, Phasianidae, Tympanuchus, Tympanuchus phasianellus
Abstract:Sharp-tailed grouse (Pedioecetes phasianellus) have decreased at least 9 percent in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan since 1956, largely a reflection of the loss in habitat. In the Lower Peninsula, sharptails are more abundant and somewhat more widespread in distribution than they were in 1956. From population trends correlated with open and closed hunting seasons on intensive study areas, it is judged feasible to replenish depleted spring breeding populations by prohibiting hunting on such areas. Positive management measures on sharptails totaled 6,953 acres purposely burned and 10,849 acres sprayed with herbicide. Spraying or a combination of burning and spraying, where feasible, is the most practical measure for controlling woody cover. Sixteen-, 17-, and 18-year histories of sharptail populations on several areas that were repeatedly treated by burning and spraying showed varying responses by the sharptails but proved that sharptail populations can at least be maintained by intensive management--at a price. In the future, sharptails will very likely be restricted to a few productive and intensively managed areas.
Short Title:The Journal of Wildlife Management
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