Cattle Groups, Including the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, Challenge the Endangered Species Declaration for the Lesser Prairie Chicken


Oklahoma Farm Report

03 Sep 2021


Earlier this week, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and state affiliates in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas (the “Livestock Associations”) submitted comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in response to a June 1 proposed rule that would classify a northern population of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken (LPC) as threatened and a southern population as endangered. The proposal revives the Service’s previous efforts to list the LPC that was reversed in 2016 by a U.S. district court.


“The Livestock Associations believe the Service has incorrectly asserted that ESA protections are warranted at this time,” observing in the comments, “...the Service asserts that there is sufficient evidence to support the listing...” despite the fact that “...range-wide population estimates are, by all accounts, increasing across the range as a result of coordinated conservation efforts resulting from a centralized voluntary conservation method.” The groups emphasized to the Service that without protection of open space provided by agriculture and livestock operations, conservation efforts would be less successful.


The letter contends that the Fish and Wildlife Service has gotten it wrong...


more, including link to NCBA comments