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April 17, 2014MARYVILLE, Mo. | By: Barnett/AP
The Missouri Department of Conservation says a group of prairie chickens has been brought to the state from Nebraska.
Forty-five chicks were released at the Dunn Range Prairie in northwest Missouri.
Media Specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation Bill Graham says this is the second year of a three-year program to help re-populate the endangered species.
As of this spring, the department counted only 12 prairie chickens at Dunn Range.
Prairie chickens can indicate overall grassland health.
The birds, considered a grassland grouse, also can travel long distances and intermingle between flocks.
Rainy and cool nesting seasons diminished Missouri's population.