December 2, 2012 11:59 PM

Wildlife officials will decide whether prairie chicken needs more protection

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has begun the process to consider whether to classify the lesser prairie chicken as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. A Fish and Wildlife Service news release blamed habitat loss for the long-term decline in lesser prairie chickens over their historic range, which covers parts of Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, although others say the birds are doing well.

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