U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
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Sage-grouse Water Source Protected

Chicken Springs watering hole.

Fenced Chicken Springs watering hole.

Chicken Springs, located 30 miles northwest of Rawlins, Wyo., is so named for its traditional use by Greater Sage-grouse as a watering hole and its location just west of one of the largest leks in Wyoming. It lies on both public and private land and was heavily impacted by grazing from cattle and wild horses, which reduced its use by sage-grouse.

In 1996, the Rawlins Field Office fenced off the spring; off-site water was provided for livestock and wild horses with an additional water source for wildlife constructed about one mile north of Chicken Springs in 2010. Chicken Springs and the additional water source are now places for Greater Sage-grouse to gather and water, especially in the drier summer months.


 
Last updated: 05-18-2011