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April 16, 2013Harrison County, Ia |  By: Totusek

Dunn Ranch Chickens

Thirty four prairie chickens were released at the Dunn Ranch Prairie in Harrison County near Eagleville Thursday morning carrying tiny radio transmitters.

Researchers hope the information collected will help them rebuild the area prairie chicken population. Wildlife crews trapped 100 Nebraska prairie chickens during recent weeks, thirty four for release at Dunn Ranch and the rest to be released at Iowa's Kellerton Grassland Birds Conservation Area. Site Manager of Dunn Ranch Randy Arndt says much of the recent decline in the prairie chicken population is due to natural causes.

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Biologists are hoping the information received from the radio transmitters will help them understand prairie chicken preferences for feeding, resting and nesting.