This species status report describes the distribution, habitat, biology, population size and trends, limiting factors and threats, existing protection or species designations, significance of the species. Limited knowledge about population status and habitat data from forested areas, the continued threats to remaining grassland habitats, and known historical extirpations point to the importance of evaluating the status of both grassland and forest ecotypes of the Sharp-tailed Grouse, columbianus subspecies in British Columbia. The distribution of grassland ecotype populations has declined significantly over time and is now confined to middle- and upper-elevation grasslands in the Kamloops and Merritt areas. The continued perseverance of this subspecies in Canada is highly dependent on management practices (related to both forest and grassland habitats) that address and mitigate identified impacts on its populations. Current management practices in grasslands are likely inadequate to recover populations and thus declines below viable population thresholds could occur.
Leupin, E.E, M.J. Chutter. 2007. Status of the Sharp-tailed Grouse columbianus subspecies (Tympanuchus phasianellus columbianus) in British Columbia. Ministry of Environment. Wildlife Bulletin. B125
Topic: Species status
Keywords: species conservation, upland game bird management, endangered species, sharptail