Lesser Prairie Chicken

July 2016 - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Removes Lesser Prairie-Chicken from List of Threatened and Endangered Species in Accordance with Court Order

  • Information on this website may not be current. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is undertaking a new status review to determine whether listing is again warranted.

USFWS Lists Lesser Prairie Chicken as Threatened (March 27)

Lesser Prairie Chicken on a lek

Photo Credit: Greg Kramos/USFWS

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering a move to list the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened or endangered species because of a population decline of more than 90 percent since settlement.

The FWS is now evaluating the status and threats to the lesser prairie chicken as part of the listing process. A court order resulted in developing a work plan that will lead to a proposed rule to be published in the Federal Register in September, 2012.

Within one year of that date, FWS will have to make a final decision whether the species warrants listing according to the Endangered Species Act. If so, FWS will determine whether to list it as threatened or endangered. If listed, land management decisions could be affected on over 100 million acres where the lesser prairie chicken currently is found.

Kansas LPC: Focal Areas

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Conservation Planning

A Range-wide Conservation Plan for the Lesser Prairie Chicken

A Conservation Plan for the Five State Region

Conservation: Project Background

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