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Courtesy Photo by N.D. Game and Fish Department A strutting male sage grouse puts on quite a show in May 2009 as it displays to attract a mate in southwest North Dakota. Sage grouse numbers have declined to the point where they soon could be listed as an endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. State Game and Fish Department counters this spring found only 31 males — an all-time low.

Last dance for sage grouse? Annual survey finds continued decline in North Dakota; endangered species listing looms

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BOWMAN COUNTY — Stan Kohn and I were laughing like new friends do when they’ve just discovered a common interest.

We were in his pickup at first light on an April morning.

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There were sage grouse in the swale. Five of them.

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