Pheasant Population Down in Southeast Iowa
The Des Moines County Conservation Department uses the word “dismal” to describe the annual roadside survey of pheasants in Iowa.
In fact, DNR Wildlife Biologist Todd Bogenshutz says judging by what they found, the pheasant population is equivalent to the all-time low set in 2011. It’s blamed on a snowy winter, cold weather, a wet spring, and the continuing loss of habitat.
On a better note, the survey did report a stable bobwhite-quail population, a growing number of cottontail rabbits, and an award of 46,000 continuous C-R-P acres, as part of a pheasant recovery effort.