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US Won't Appeal Court Rulings on Lesser Prairie Chicken

The U.S. government said Wednesday that it won't appeal recent court rulings in Texas that stripped the lesser prairie chicken of federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.

The Fish and Wild Service said in an emailed statement that the Justice Department filed a motion Tuesday to dismiss its appeal of rulings in September 2015 and February 2016 by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. That court ruled that the Fish and Wildlife Service failed to make a proper evaluation of a conservation plan from affected states when the agency listed the lesser prairie chicken as threatened.

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