Lesser Prairie Chicken Numbers on the Rise

Joe Denoyer - July 11, 2018 8:08 am

A grouse that has been the focus of an ongoing legal battle over whether it warrants federal protection has seen its numbers increase by nearly 30 percent over the past year.
Officials say aerial surveys for the lesser-prairie chicken in New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas show an overall upward population trend over the last six years.
More favorable weather patterns this past year contributed to apparent increases in some areas where the birds are found.
Officials say there’s concern that moderate to severe drought over portions of the lesser prairie-chicken range this year could lead to a down turn in the population next year.
As part of a range-wide voluntary conservation plan, economic incentives are offered to landowners and companies that set aside land to reduce impacts to the bird and its grassland habitat.

 

Latest Stories

Counterfeit Bills Showing Up In Ulysses

The Ulysses Police Department took many reports on Saturday January 25th from local businesses involving counterfeit...

Saturday Grass Fire in Kismet

At 12:25 pm on Saturday January 25, the Seward County Fire Department responded to a vegatation...

Southern Pioneer Electric Awards $875 H.U.G.S. Grant to Liberal Indoor Soccer League

By Drew Waechter January 15, 2020 – Southern Pioneer Electric’s Helping Us Give to Society (H.U.G.S.)...