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July 8, 2010 in Outdoors
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This ruffed grouse paces along a gravel road. Soon it will follow Pete Renkert as he drives his ATV toward the driveway to his Priest River-area home.

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The ruffed grouse that has befriended Pete Renkert likes to climb up on his arm and allow Renkert to swing him back and forth.

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Back seat driver: The ruffed grouse that has befriended Pete Renkert occasionally hops onto his shoulder as he walks or rides his ATV along the gravel driveway leading to his Priest River-area home.

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The ruffed grouse that has befriended Pete Renkert flaps its wings while perched on his back on his property near Priest River.

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“The grouse likes to play chicken,” said Pete Renkert, describing the way a ruffed grouse likes to follow him on his four-wheeler and occasionally dart back and forth in front of the ATV’s wheels.

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A ruffed grouse darts in front of Pete Renkert’s four-wheeler. The bird has taken residence on Renkert’s property near Priest River.

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The ruffed grouse looks like a road runner as it strides out to match the pace of Pete Renkert’s ATV.

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When Pete Renkert drives past the the territory of the ruffed grouse that’s living on his property, the grouse often runs along his ATV like a puppy dog with its master.

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When play time is over and Pete Renkert heads back to his house in the woods near Priest River, the ruffed grouse blends back into the woods and becomes a wild creature again.