TP&W submits new plan to protect lesser prairie-chicken

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Updated: 9/25/2013 12:24 am
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife has been given yet another version of an extensive conservation plan to protect the lesser prairie-chicken in our region.

Texas Parks and Wildlife has buy-in from farmers, ranchers and oil and gas to help manage the birds; dwindling population and habitat. 
The latest estimates show the bird's population diminished significantly this year by about half, most likely due to the on-going drought.  
The Feds are considering listing the lesser prairie-chicken as a threatened species, which which ranchers and energy companies say would hinder agriculture and oil operations.
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