Posted: March 12, 2014 - 6:02pm | Updated: March 13, 2014 - 12:39am
By JOSIE MUSICO
Volunteers aid lesser prairie chicken effort
Eighty-four Texas landowners in the lesser prairie chicken’s habitat have voluntarily enrolled a total of 614,250 acres in conservation agreements for the bird.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to determine by March 31 whether to grant the bird threatened status under the Endangered Species Act. A listing would accompany special legal protection of its habitat.