Fish & Wildlife Lists Lesser Prairie-Chicken a Threatened Species
Four days before the March 31 deadline, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) listed the lesser prairie-chicken (LPC) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Despite the ongoing conservation efforts of western states, industry and landowners, the FWS believed that the rapid and severe decline of the species' population necessitated protection under the Endangered Species Act.
However, in recognition of those efforts FWS created an "unprecedented use of a special 4(d) rule [that] will allow [Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas] to continue to manage conservation efforts for the species...that are covered under the [WAFWA] range-wide conservation plan."
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