AG Schmidt pushes U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to not list Lesser Prairie-Chicken as threatened species

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Attorney General Derek Schmidt is pushing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to not list the Lesser-Prairie-Chicken as a threatened species as the agency has not accounted for voluntary actions to protect the species.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt says on Thursday he asked federal wildlife officials to not list the Lesser Prairie-Chicken as a threatened species.

Last week, AG Schmidt said he submitted comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service during a public comment period as the agency considers whether or not to list the Northern Distinct Population Segment of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken as a threatened species under the 1973 Endangered Species Act.

Schmidt said he has urged the USFWS to consider voluntary actions taken in Kansas to protect the species. He noted that since the mid-1990s, when the species was petitioned for threatened status, over 2 million acres of habitat have been added in Western Kansas.

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To read a copy of Schmidt’s comments to USFWS, click HERE.