'Threatened' Listing Proposed for Bird in Plains Energy Region

"The Interior Department [Friday] proposed Endangered Species Act protection for the lesser prairie chicken, a grayish-brown grouse whose native grasslands and prairie habitat in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas has declined by about 84 percent."

"The proposed 'threatened' listing is 'a call for action' for states, landowners, ranchers and energy companies to work together to conserve its habitat, said Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe.

Agency scientists today warned that the iconic bird is likely to be in danger of extinction in the foreseeable future. It is threatened by grazing, tree encroachment, conversion of rangeland to crop and non-native forage, and energy development."

Phil Taylor reports for Greenwire November 30, 2012.
 

Source: Greenwire, 12/03/2012