Bringing back the dancing birds: Sharptail reintroduction project begins in western Montana


MPG Ranch’s Kate Stone helps process one of the 75 male sharp-tailed grouse that were released at three sites in western Montana, including the MPG Ranch south of Missoula. “Everyone seemed to very much with the privilege of being able to be part of this,” Stone said. “Reintroducing a species is something that doesn’t happen every day.”

All of the 75 sharp-tailed grouse released in western Montana earlier this month were fitted with either a VHF or GPS transmitter so their locations could be tracked.

Perry Backus

Sometime in the next few years, some lucky people might witness an annual ritual that disappeared decades ago in western Montana.

It will happen as the dawn breaks over grasslands south of Missoula or near

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