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Taking aim at Texas’ oil and gas production, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its intent to place the lesser prairie chicken on the list of “threatened species” in May. The threatened species list is one step below the endangered species list.
Fox News reported the move could affect agriculture, oil/gas drilling, wind farms and other activities in four states to include Texas. U.S. Fish and Wildlife director Dan Ashe said he was following the best science available. The prairie chicken, a type of grouse known for its colorful neck plume and stout build, has lost more than 80 percent of its traditional habitat, mostly because of human activity such as oil and gas drilling, ranching and construction of power lines and wind turbines, Ashe said.