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November 6, 2011 in Outdoors
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A ruffed grouse regularly joined Pete Renkert near his Priest River-area home for 2 1/2 years. Renkert named the grouse Loretta, thinking it was a female that took a liking to him. Turns out, the grouse was a male, but the name stuck. Experts say it was being territorial before becoming a pal.

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A ruffed grouse dubbed Loretta liked to play chicken, attracted to the sound of Pete Renkert’s ATV.

July 8, 2010 in Outdoors
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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.