Much to the dismay of people in agriculture and other industries in the southern plains, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated the lesser prairie chicken as a "threatened" species that requires more protection from development and other impacts from businesses.
Fish and Wildlife Service officials recognized the controversy involved in the decision by noting a final special rule for the lesser prairie chicken meant to "limit regulatory impacts on landowners and businesses from this listing."
The designation of being "threatened" is a step below the designation of "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act.
The Fish and Wildlife Service stated ...