Everyone knows that oil and water don’t mix.  But did you know the same can be said about barbed wire and sage grouse?  Probably not, but according to a new study by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department it appears a chicken-like bird known as the sage grouse, now perilously in decline, might be having a hang up with old-fashioned barbed wire.  According to the study, some 146 birds flew into a five mile wide stretch of barbed wire, often resulting in injury and death.  Fortunately, a solution may come from simply attaching reflectors to the barbed wire – an inexpensive method wildlife officials say can decrease collisions by 70 percent.  Here’s hoping this new conservation practice, like the grouse, takes wing and flies 

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