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Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR, November 2006
Southwest Region, November 30, 2006
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By the end of November about 60% of the 121 captive-reared Attwater's prairie chickens released on the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge last August and September are still alive.  Six birds, however, are missing.  Interestingly, about 82% of the males are still alive compared to about 43% of the females.  Refuge staff experienced high mortality the last couple weeks of November, attributing the arrival of hawks to the area as the primary cause.

In contrast, only 20% of the 39 Attwater's released at the Texas City Prairie Preserve (TCPP) last summer have survived to date.  About 14% of the males and 27% of the females are alive at TCPP.  Birds at both locations will continue to be monitored throughout the winter months. 

 

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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