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May 14, 2009

National News: Lesser Prairie Chicken “endangered” status

Filed under: National News,News,Texas News — Tags: — admin @ 12:56 pm

Some news from the Hereford Brand, concerning wind turbines and wildlife…

The lesser prairie chicken has been under consideration by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for inclusion on the federal endangered species list for nearly 20 years, but the threat to the rare bird posed by hundreds of wind turbines could be enough to force the agency to move forward with a listing.

According to Wild Earth Guardians, a Santa Fe, N.M.-based environmental group that has petitioned the USFWS to “immediately” list the bird as an endangered species, populations of lesser prairie chickens have plummeted by an estimated 97 percent over the fowl’s historic range.

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