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Threatened species, the sage grouse could completely disappear from the Prairies

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An Alberta government census released last month shows there are only 45 sage grouse remaining in the province. (Archive photo)

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The latest Alberta data offers little hope for the sage grouse's future: The round-bodied bird, long one of Canada's most endangered species, may be on the verge of disappear forever from the natural landscapes of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Mark Boyce, professor of ecology at the University of Alberta, believes that populations of this bird, considered the largest of its species in North America, are on the brink of collapse.

The situation is desperate. They will disappear, that's almost certain, says the researcher, who has studied the sage grouse for decades.

Sage grouse are once numbered in the thousands, even hundreds of thousands, in Canada, with a range spanning 100,000 square kilometres.

Today, fewer than 100 remain. Their range in southeastern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan has shrunk to less than 10% of what it once was. #x27;she was.

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