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Lesser prarire-chicken. Photo Credit: © McRoberts, USFWS
 
Lesser Prairie-chicken
(Tympanuchus pallidicinctus)
 


UPDATES:

Service Extends Comment Period on Proposal to List Lesser Prairie-Chicken under Endangered Species Act

July 2021
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is extending the deadline for public comment on the proposal to list two distinct population segments (DPS) of the lesser prairie-chicken under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The extension notice is expected to publish in the Federal Register on July 30, 2021 and will extend the public comment period by 30 days. The new deadline for public comment on this proposal is September 1, 2021.

Press Release



Service Seeks Comment on Proposal to List the Lesser Prairie-Chicken under the Endangered Species Act

May 2021
After a thorough review of the best available science, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list two distinct population segments (DPS) of the lesser prairie-chicken under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service is requesting comments or information from the public, governmental agencies, the scientific community, industry, or any other interested parties concerning this proposed rule. The lesser prairie-chicken currently occupies a five-state range that includes Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado and faces a number of threats, including, modification, degradation, and fragmentation of its habitat.

Press Release
FAQs (pdf)
Proposed Rule
Species Status Assessment (pdf)
LPC Proposed Listing Briefing (mpeg recording)
Proposed Distinct Populations Map (jpg)

Virtual Public Hearing Information:
In addition to soliciting public comments through the comment period, the Service held public hearings with information sessions on July 8th and July 14th. Recordings of those hearings and a copy of the Service's presentation are below:

July 8, 2021 LPC public information session and hearing recording (mpeg recording)
July 14, 2021 LPC public information session and hearing recording (mpeg recording)
USFWS LPC public information and hearing presentation (760KB pdf)





Contact: Aislinn Maestas
Email: aislinn_maestas@fws.gov

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Last updated: July 29, 2021