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Moran says lesser prairie chicken listed as threatened

3/27/2014

By The Hays Daily News

Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., voiced concern after being told by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe the lesser prairie chicken will be listed as threatened.

"Listing the Lesser Prairie Chicken under the Endangered Species Act will have real consequences on many sectors in communities across Kansas, including agriculture, oil and gas development, ranching, transportation and wind energy," Moran said in a statement. "I am confident there are ways to address conserving the species while not hampering economic growth and farming and ranching activities. As conservation efforts are considered, producers deserve the flexibility to implement plans that fit their operations. Additionally, it will be imperative to account for ongoing species recovery developments. I am committed to working with U.S. Fish and Wildlife to make certain the measures implemented are based on sound science and common sense, as well as represent the best interest of producers."

Congressional members were briefed on the issue of listing the lesser prairie chicken this afternoon in Washington.

The decision hasn't been announced publicly.