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Lewis and Clark in North Dakota:
Wildlife Then & Now


Pointed Tail Prairie Hen (Sharp-tailed Grouse) Past Sharp-tailed Grouse Distribution Map of North Dakota Present Sharp-tailed Grouse Distribution Map of North Dakota
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Pointed Tail Prairie Hen (Sharp-tailed Grouse)

Sharp-tailed grouse were reported in great numbers by Lewis and Clark during their stay in North Dakota. In fact, a live specimen was sent back to the United States from Fort Mandan in 1804. This species was found throughout the state, particularly in the mixed-grass prairie. As farming and grazing practices became more intense, grouse population receded. Sharp-tailed grouse are common in North Dakota, particularly in the Little Missouri National Grasslands.

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