The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seems confounded by the negative response to listing the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species.
In designating the lesser prairie chicken as threatened, a step down from endangered but warranting specific protections, it had provided assurances that no additional federal regulations that might have an adverse impact on economic activities would be imposed. Then why make the designation in the first place? In place is a perfectly good regional plan, which will provide 3.6 million acres to lesser prairie chicken conservation in New Mexico and four neighboring states. These federal officials are confidently pointing to the benefits of additional government funding for conservation that come with the threatened species designation.
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