Prairie chicken listing by feds draws criticism

The announcement Thursday that the Lesser Prairie Chicken will be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act was greeted with disappointment.

‘I’m incredibly disappointed by the Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to list the Lesser Prairie Chicken as threatened,’ said U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Lubbock.

‘The timing of this decision is being driven by activist lawsuits, instead of what’s best for the species and the communities near its habitat.  This listing is a blow to West Texas and every state that has Lesser Prairie Chicken habitat.’

He said the decision was also unnecessary.

The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Range-Wide Conservation Plan in five states would have  successfully conserved habitat and fully recovered the species, said the lawmaker.

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