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Ruffed and Blue Grouse Habitat Use in Southeastern Idaho

F. Stauffer and Steven R. Peterson
The Journal of Wildlife Management
Vol. 49, No. 2 (Apr., 1985), pp. 459-466
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Wildlife Society
DOI: 10.2307/3801552
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3801552
Page Count: 8
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Ruffed and Blue Grouse Habitat Use in Southeastern Idaho
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Abstract

Seasonal trends in ruffed (Bonasa umbellus) and blue (Dendragapus obscurus) grouse habitat selection are summarized for all seasons. Ruffed grouse preferred stands dominated by quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides). Ruffed grouse use was associated with stand structures characteristic of early successional stages. Blue grouse preferred high elevation (>2,285 m) open conifer stands in winter. In spring and summer, low elevation (<2,100 m) bigtooth maple (Acer grandidentatum), curlleaf mountainmahogany (Cercocarpus ledifolius), and mixed shrub stands with an open understory and overstory were selected for breeding and brood rearing. Little overlap in habitat use between ruffed and blue grouse was observed; in all seasons, blue grouse selected habitats more open than those used by ruffed grouse.

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