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A University of Kansas expert on the Monarch butterflies says he is leery of the butterfly being added to the Endangered Species list.

Chip Taylor is an insect ecologist.

He says he's concerned about public reaction if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tells property owners they need to conserve certain vegetation to provide critical butterly habitat.

Taylor is founder of the Monarch Watch, a nonprofit organization that focuses on the monarch, its habitat, and its fall migration to Mexico.

Kansas Congressman Huelskamp says he’s working with other members of Congress on proposals to cut the Fish and Wildlife Service’s budget.

The goal is to get the agency to back off its decision to list the lesser prairie chicken as threatened.

The agency listed the lesser prairie chicken as threatened because of its declining population; the listing allows federal oversight of efforts in Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas to preserve the grouse’s habitat.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says Cheyenne Bottoms is not fully functioning and the site could be threatened by oil drilling.

Heather Whitlaw with the Fish and Wildlife Service in Manhattan says her agency opposes a recent request by a Kansas company to drill for oil there.

The group also has concerns about nearby oil production outside the Bottoms; the site is on the state's list of impaired waters because of siltation and oxygen depletion.