Lesser prairie chicken decision criticized

Gov. Sam Brownback isn't the only person unhappy with the federal decision to call the lesser prairie chicken a threatened species.

On KVOE's What's In Outdoors on Friday, host Phil Taunton said the move will make it more difficult for rural landowners and state development.


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The Obama administration announced the change, saying population numbers have been declining for a decade or more after losing 80 percent of its habitat. Threatened status is one step below endangered status for animal protection. Critics, including some conservation groups, say there are enough loopholes in the federal decision which could harm the bird as much as help it.

State Senators have approved a bill which would prohibit federal enforcement. The bill is awaiting a decision in the House.

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