Controversial Conservation: Saving the Lesser Prairie Chicken

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

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.

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