Kansas congressman fights Interior Department over prairie chicken

U.S. Rep. Ron Estes, R-Kansas, introduced a bill challenging federal restraint of ranch and energy producers in Kansas following federal listing of the Listing lesser prairie chicken as threatened in Kansas. (Kansas Reflector screen capture of U.S. House channel)


Kansas congressman Ron Estes wants to make sure the U.S. Interior Department won’t be able to put restraints on land use by claiming the lesser prairie chicken is threatened or endangered.

He introduced legislation to prohibit such a move after federal wildlife officials in November registered the bird as threatened in Kansas and endangered in Oklahoma and other states where it is found reported the Kansas Reflector.

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