Bird’s ‘threatened’ listing disappoints many in NM

March 28, 2014 5:58 AM

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The Martinez administration blasted a federal government decision to list the lesser prairie chicken as “threatened,” saying the move will undermine a multistate agreement to conserve the bird and “decimate economic development and job creation in southeastern New Mexico.”

In announcing its decision to list the bird as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe said the bird is in “dire straits” in a habitat that spans five states. The total population dropped to 17,616 birds in the 2013 census from more than 34,000 t...

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