Lesser Prairie Chicken http://kmuw.org en State Agencies To Develop Lesser Prairie Chicken Breeding Program http://kmuw.org/post/state-agencies-develop-lesser-prairie-chicken-breeding-program <p>Gov. Sam Brownback has directed two state agencies to develop a program for breeding lesser prairie chickens after the federal government listed the bird as a threatened species.</p><p>Brownback said Thursday that the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism will draft a plan for a program.</p><p>The governor said the federal government must sign off on a breeding program, and he’ll seek its consent.</p><p>Brownback spokeswoman Eileen Hawley said the program would round up wild prairie chickens, breed them and release them.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:33:52 +0000 Associated Press 37315 at http://kmuw.org Environmental Groups: The Federal Government Is Not Doing Enough To Protect Lesser Prairie Chickens http://kmuw.org/post/environmental-groups-federal-government-not-doing-enough-protect-lesser-prairie-chickens <p>Environmental groups have filed a federal lawsuit that argues the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is not doing enough to protect the lesser prairie chicken.</p><p>In March, the agency listed the bird as a threatened species. But the three environmental groups contend the lesser prairie chicken should be listed instead as “endangered,” which would prompt stronger conservation measures.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:54:42 +0000 Associated Press 36130 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Audubon Leader Finds Common Ground With Gov. Brownback Over Lesser Prairie Chicken http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-audubon-leader-finds-common-ground-gov-brownback-over-lesser-prairie-chicken <p>The executive director of Audubon of Kansas likes Governor Sam Brownback’s call for improved federal conservation incentives for farmers to help increase the habitats for the lesser prairie chicken.</p><p>Ron Klataske&nbsp;said yesterday that increasing the amount of land enrolled in the federal Conservation Reserve Program would help reverse a loss of habitat for the bird.</p><p>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the lesser prairie chicken as threatened this spring because of its declining population numbers.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:57:05 +0000 Associated Press 35460 at http://kmuw.org Gov. Brownback To Discuss Lesser Prairie Chicken Protection In Wichita http://kmuw.org/post/gov-brownback-discuss-lesser-prairie-chicken-protection-wichita <p>Governor Brownback will be in Wichita on Tuesday&nbsp;to discuss the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listing the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a ‘threatened’ species.</p><p>He also will outline the next steps as he works to conserve the bird's range while protecting the rights of Kansas businesses and landowners.</p><p>He'll be joined by Kansas Department of Agriculture Secretary Jackie McClaskey and Vess Oil Corporation managing owner J. Michael Vess.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 17:44:22 +0000 Associated Press 35413 at http://kmuw.org Federal Lesser Prairie Chicken Protections Won't Affect Conservation Reserve Program http://kmuw.org/post/federal-lesser-prairie-chicken-protections-wont-affect-conservation-reserve-program <p>Federal authorities are reassuring Kansas farmers and landowners that listing the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species won't affect their ability to enter or exit the Conservation Reserve Program.</p><p>The Agriculture Department's Kansas Farm Service Agency (FSA) says producers participating in CRP in the 39 lesser prairie chicken counties in Kansas are planting native grasses and vegetation that will enhance nesting and brooding habitats.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 16:22:28 +0000 Associated Press 34838 at http://kmuw.org U.S. Fish And Wildlife Services Quiet Over Kansas' Lesser Prairie Chicken Regulation http://kmuw.org/post/us-fish-and-wildlife-services-quiet-over-kansas-lesser-prairie-chicken-regulation <p>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is not responding publicly to a new Kansas law that says only Kansas can regulate the lesser prairie chicken within its borders.</p><p>In March, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the prairie chicken as threatened because of a steep decline in the animal's numbers. The listing protected lesser prairie chickens in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado and New Mexico.</p><p>The agency’s spokeswoman Claire Cassel declined to comment on the law yesterday.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 15:54:13 +0000 Associated Press & Kate Clause 34374 at http://kmuw.org State Legislature Takes Steps To Challenge Federal Government Over Lesser Prairie Chicken Protection http://kmuw.org/post/state-legislature-takes-steps-challenge-federal-government-over-lesser-prairie-chicken <p>Kansas legislative negotiators are considering a proposal to challenge the federal government listing the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species.</p><p>Three senators and three House members are meeting today to draft a compromise on a bill; it declares the federal government has no authority to regulate prairie chickens in Kansas.</p><p>The Senate wants to make it a felony for a federal employee to regulate the lesser prairie chicken or the larger and darker greater prairie chicken.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 16:16:48 +0000 Associated Press 33835 at http://kmuw.org State Wildlife Officials Looking To Bar Lesser Prairie Chicken Hunting http://kmuw.org/post/state-wildlife-officials-looking-bar-lesser-prairie-chicken-hunting <p>State wildlife officials may bar the hunting of all prairie chickens in southwest Kansas to help the state comply with the federal government’s listing of the lesser prairie chicken as threatened.</p><p>The state Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism said yesterday that fewer than 100 lesser prairie chickens are taken each year, but the goal is to try to prevent any from being killed.</p><p>An advisory commission will consider the proposal in June.</p><p>In March, the federal government declared the lesser prairie chicken as threatened because its numbers have dropped dramatically.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 16:04:37 +0000 Associated Press 33779 at http://kmuw.org 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