Lesser Prairie Chicken http://kmuw.org en Finney County Wants A Bigger Role In Lesser Prairie Chicken Regulation http://kmuw.org/post/finney-county-wants-bigger-role-lesser-prairie-chicken-regulation <p>Finney County commissioners want to have a say in the federal government’s regulations for the lesser prairie chicken.</p><p>The commission signed a letter to the Bureau of Land Management yesterday asking for coordinating status while the agency devises a plan to regulate the lesser prairie chicken and its habitat.</p><p>The bird was designated as a threatened species last month.</p><p>The BLM has asked Kansas counties affected by the decision to participate in the process.</p><p>But county commissioners said they want more than just input.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:28:15 +0000 Associated Press 32677 at http://kmuw.org Kansas House Committee Advances Prairie Chicken Bill http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-house-committee-advances-prairie-chicken-bill <p></p><p>A Kansas House committee has advanced a bill aimed at bucking federal regulation of the lesser prairie chicken. It was announced last week that the federal government would list the bird as a threatened species.</p><p>The bill says federal rules and policies surrounding the lesser prairie chicken have no effect in Kansas.</p><p>Washington Republican Sharon Schwartz is chairwoman of the Kansas House Ag Committee. She says the bill makes a statement. Schwartz says state and regional conservation plans would be better than federal regulation, which could hurt industry.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:35:35 +0000 Stephen Koranda 32412 at http://kmuw.org Kansas House Committee Advances Prairie Chicken Bill Gov. Brownback: Federal Protection Of Lesser Prairie Chicken Is An 'Overreach' http://kmuw.org/post/gov-brownback-federal-protection-lesser-prairie-chicken-overreach <p>Governor Sam Brownback criticized the federal government's decision Thursday to add the lesser prairie chicken to its list of threatened species.</p><p>Brownback called it an "overreach," and his spokeswoman says his office is considering a lawsuit.</p><p>Governor Brownback and others are worried how the protections for the prairie chicken could affect agriculture, oil and gas drilling, wind farms, and other businesses.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:11:22 +0000 Associated Press 32159 at http://kmuw.org Landowners To Receive Legal Protection For Preserving Lesser Prairie Chicken Habitat http://kmuw.org/post/landowners-receive-legal-protection-preserving-lesser-prairie-chicken-habitat <p>The federal government is offering legal protections for landowners who help protect the lesser prairie chicken.</p><p>The protections should ease land-owner and energy industry concerns that they would not be able to operate in the bird's habitat if the prairie grouse is listed as a threatened species.</p><p>Those who take steps to preserve habitat will receive a letter guaranteeing they will not be fined or prosecuted if lesser prairie chickens are found dead on their property.</p><p>The decision would affect the plains of Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Oklahoma.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:37:58 +0000 Associated Press 29411 at http://kmuw.org Kobach Backs Bill To Exclude Lesser Prairie Chicken From Federal Protection http://kmuw.org/post/kobach-backs-bill-exclude-lesser-prairie-chicken-federal-protection <p>Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is backing a bill that would exclude the lesser prairie chicken from federal protection.</p><p>Kobach told the Senate Natural Resources Committee on Thursday that the bill would likely lead to a legal battle that pits state rights against federal law.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:29:24 +0000 Associated Press 29301 at http://kmuw.org Hunting Season For Rare Bird Opens http://kmuw.org/post/hunting-season-rare-bird-opens <p>Hunting season opens Nov. 16 in Kansas for a rare game bird that's being considered for federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 23:50:05 +0000 Associated Press 26387 at http://kmuw.org Top Morning News 01.04.13 http://kmuw.org/post/top-morning-news-010413 <p><em>&nbsp;Largest wind farm in Kansas now operational; Study finds racial disparities persist in state juvenile system; Senator Roberts no longer on ag panel; Lesser prairie chicken listed as threatened by federal agency.</em></p><p><strong>States Largest Wind Farm Now Operational</strong></p><p>The largest wind farm ever built in Kansas is now fully operational.</p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 11:25:59 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 10748 at http://kmuw.org Top Morning News 01.04.13 Kansas Bird Could Be Added To Endangered Species List http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-bird-could-be-added-endangered-species-list <p>There&rsquo;s a possibility that a Kansas bird, the Lesser Prairie-Chicken, could be added to the federal threatened or endangered species list.</p><p>K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee says that while the animal is doing pretty well in Kansas, that&rsquo;s not the case elsewhere.</p><p>&ldquo;In other states the Lesser Prairie-Chicken is on a fairly steep decline in numbers as well as area that is occupied,&rdquo; says Lee.</p><p>Unfriendly habitat for the grouse includes areas that are no longer used for farming and places with wind turbines and oil and gas wells.</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 01:12:00 +0000 Kansas Public Radio 2493 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Bird Could Be Added To Endangered Species List