Re: Grouse Decline?
As with pheasants, habitat will not be enough to compensate for the high uncontrolled hawk and owl numbers. Out west in areas where wolves have greatly reduced elk numbers, habitat is not the excuse. Predation is a problem some do not want to recognize with small game numbers. We often have people say it will take time, but just like the pheasants any real comeback is unlikely with high numbers of hawks that are mainly bird eaters like the coopers and sharpshinned hawks. When we have areas that are good habitat but no game then predation may be the problem.