Lesser Prairie Chicken escapes endangered list

Lesser Prairie Chicken escapes endangered list

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - In a final ruling, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has now removed the Lesser Prairie Chicken from the endangered species list.

The action follows a court order ruling that vacated the species' listing under the Endangered Species Act.

While the delisting is a short-term victory for landowners, the action from the agency does not constitute a biological determination on whether the bird warrants federal protection.

As a result, the agency announced it will undertake a re-evaluation of the bird's status relative to a five-state conservation program and determine whether ESA listing is still necessary.

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