Kansas lawmakers watched with interest as the Sunflower State was one of five Western states recently notified the lesser prairie-chicken was being placed on the threatened species list by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Southwestern Kansas lawmakers including Sen. Garrett Love and Reps. Bud Estes, John Ewy, Ron Ryckman and John Doll, all Republicans, touched on the issue and others during a Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Forum on April 12 at High Plains Journal’s Communication Center. The Legislature is on break before returning to the wrap-up session later this month.
If there was a slight silver lining on the lesser prairie-chicken being placed on the threatened list instead of the endangered species list, Estes, of Dodge City, said, ”You can get off the threatened list, but it is virtually impossible to get off the endangered species list.
No one knows the scope of the regulations yet, the lawmakers said.
If there is a couple of good production years and the bird counts increase, it could be enough to warrant the bird being taken off the threatened list, Estes said.
In 2006, there were an estimated 62,000 birds. Today, that number was an estimated at a fourth of that total. [Read More]
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