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New Mexico county teams with three others in prairie chicken lawsuit

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Hobbs, N.M. - A fourth New Mexico county joins the legal battle to contend the March listing of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species.

According to the Hobbs News-Sun, last week, Lea County in Southeastern New Mexico teamed up with three other state counties in a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The chicken's habitat is known in New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado. Oil companies and ranchers fear the industry restrictions resulting from this listing will harm the ranching, oil and gas, and wind farm industries in this area.

The Permian Basin Petroleum Association joins these counties in the suit arguing the threatened species status is inconclusive.