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.