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IOWA CITY (AP) -

Wildlife officials say ring-neck pheasants are rebounding in Iowa after their populations were hurt in recent years by a stretch of harsh winters and fewer conservation acres.

A new wildlife survey by the state's Department of Natural Resources show a 37 percent increase in Iowa's ring-necked pheasants compared with 2014.

This year's count is the highest since 2007 and the second-straight year of growth.

But wildlife officials say the state's pheasant population remains just a fraction of what it was in past decades.

The Natural Resources Department says Iowa pheasant hunters are expected to kill between 300,000 and 500,000 rooster pheasants this year, compared with nearly 200,000 last year. Those numbers peaked at nearly 2 million in the 1960s and 1970s.
 

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