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Kansas Bird Could Be Added To Endangered Species List

The Lesser-Prairie Chicken poking around.

There’s a possibility that a Kansas bird, the Lesser Prairie-Chicken, could be added to the federal threatened or endangered species list.

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee says that while the animal is doing pretty well in Kansas, that’s not the case elsewhere.

“In other states the Lesser Prairie-Chicken is on a fairly steep decline in numbers as well as area that is occupied,” says Lee.

Unfriendly habitat for the grouse includes areas that are no longer used for farming and places with wind turbines and oil and gas wells.