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Ecology and conservation of Lesser Prairie-Chickens

January 1, 2016

Lesser Prairie-Chickens have experienced substantial declines in terms of population and the extent of area that they occupy. While they are an elusive species, making it difficult at times to monitor them, current evidence indicates that they have been persistently decreasing in number since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s dramatically affected their core range. In May of 2014, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service listed Lesser Prairie-Chickens as a threatened species, granting them federal protection under the Endangered Species Act, which included a special rule recognizing significant conservation planning efforts made by state and federal wildlife agencies within the geographical range of the species. Although the listing was vacated by judicial ruling in September 2015, concern for persistence of the species persists. These actions illustrate the uncertain legal status and future conservation challenges for Lesser Prairie-Chickens.

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Publication Year 2016
Title Ecology and conservation of Lesser Prairie-Chickens
Publication Type Book
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Series Number
Index ID 70191988
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Coop Res Unit Atlanta

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