Controversial Conservation: Saving the Lesser Prairie Chicken

Farmers and ranchers in several midwestern states are concerned with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s latest efforts to protect the lesser prairie chicken.

A Lesser Prairie Chicken in the Field

The lesser prairie chicken has become the controversial subject of recent conservation efforts.

Photo by Fotolia/David McGowen

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Farmers and ranchers are angered over the latest prairie chicken conservation efforts. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated the lesser prairie chicken a threatened species as population levels reach an all-time low.

A proposed bill that will protect the bird — which some consider an invasive species — will deem participating oil/gas lands, as well as other farmland, safe habitats for the lesser prairie chicken and protect the species from destructive industrial activities. Read more at The Rural Blog.