Feds Approve Conservation Plan for Rare Bird

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has put its stamp of approval on a plan that Texas and four other states have worked on for years to protect the lesser prairie chicken, a rare bird whose future has been threatened by economic development — especially oil and gas drilling — in West Texas and the Panhandle.

Energy companies and agricultural interests have long feared that if the federal agency decides to list the bird as "threatened," their activities would be limited on the millions of acres across the American West on which the prairie chicken roams. But now that ...

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