Date of Award:


Document Type:


Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)


Wildland Resources

Department name when degree awarded

School of Forestry


D. I. Rasmussen


The sage grouse or sage hen Centrocercus urophasianus (Bonaparte) was formerly the most important upland native game bird of the Western States, but has steadily been declining in numbers over most of its range in recent years. This reduction in numbers has aroused the interest of the conservationists of the nation, who, for the past decade or more, have been proposing that something be done for this game species. In recent years along with this interest of the conservationists, there has been an increasing local interest among the sportsmen of the West, with the result that several groups have become interested in making a study of the sage grouse and determining reasons for the marked decline in its numbers. Partly because of this aroused interest, the study of the sage grouse was selected as a research project.


This work made publicly available electronically on March 1, 2013.