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.
Brownback said Thursday that the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism will draft a plan for a program.
The governor said the federal government must sign off on a breeding program, and he’ll seek its consent.
Brownback spokeswoman Eileen Hawley said the program would round up wild prairie chickens, breed them and release them.