Lesser prairie-chicken’s Endangered Species Act listing is delayed

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Photo via U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it will extend the listing of the lesser prairie-chicken under the Endangered Species Act. It will now be extended until March 27, 2023.

It comes after Senator Roger Marshall and colleagues urged the Service to delay the rule in a letter.

They applauded the news, saying, “While a delay gives industry stakeholders valuable time to prepare for more bureaucratic red tape, our preference continues to be that this listing of the lesser prairie-chicken be dropped.

“Each party that is targeted by this listing must take advantage of this opportunity to continue to engage in their longstanding voluntary conservation efforts, a fact that went completely ignored by the federal government when it came to this decision. We commend Secretary Haaland for the additional time, but we will continue to do what we can at the federal level to stop the rule from going into effect.”

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Story via Aislinn Maestas with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service