In case you missed it, a great piece on a five-state plan to preserve the Lesser Prairie Chicken and the political and cultural impact of the U.S. government’s decision to formally list the species as “threatened.”
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt isn’t buying it. “For the Fish and Wildlife Service to come out and say, ‘Yes, we’re going to classify the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species, but we’re not going to change anything,’ seems to beg the question, then why did you take the step?” Pruitt says. He plans to sue to stop the listing but the real action is with the landowners. If they don’t agree to take payments to manage their properties in bird-friendly ways, the whole range-wide plan falls apart.
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