UPDATED: Federal regulators list lesser prairie chicken as ‘threatened’ in Kansas


(Updated to include comments from Livestock Association, Gov. Kelly, Sen. Marshall and Rep. Estes and Sierra Club)

Federal environmental regulators are classifying the lesser prairie chicken as threatened in Kansas under the Endangered Species Act, a move that critics have said would hurt the state’s rural economy.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the listing on Thursday after first revealing the proposed protections for the bird - known for its feathered feet and stout build - more than a year ago.

The decision was criticized by livestock interests, Republican members of the Kansas congressional delegation as well as Democratic . . .


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