WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) announced Wednesday that the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has agreed to a six-month extension for a final decision on whether to list the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species.
The extension comes after Udall led a bipartisan call for delay of the final decision. The additional time will give the FWS an opportunity to study the science and the comments it has received, while enabling stakeholders to continue working on protection of the species — thus potentially providing enough protection to make a listing unnecessary. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.