Lesser Prairie Chicken Listed as Threatened

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday that the lesser prairie chicken will be listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. The decision means special permission is required for economic development activity across the bird's prairie grassland habitat that spans five states —  Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado — and violators could face penalties under federal law. 

“We can’t ignore the mounting evidence that the prairie ecosystem which supports the chicken and so many other species and communities is in trouble," said Dan Ashe, the federal agency's director. He noted that the ...

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