Wildlife Hunters Association of Colorado
'Threats are increasing, the species' range is contracting, and current conservation efforts are too little, too late to conserve the species. ' According to a statement from WildEarth Guardians, the lesser prairie-chicken is a medium-sized, gray-brown grouse. The species inhabits shinnery oak and sand sagebrush grasslands in parts of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Since the early 1800's, the Southern
Great Plains habitat of this key species has been reduced by 90 %, which has been instrumental in an 85% decline of the grouse's population. 'The lesser prairie-chicken will disappear forever without protection of the Endangered Species Act,' said Jay Lininger, an ecologist with the Center for Biological Diversity. 'Voluntary
measures that preserve a little habitat are convenient for some, but they won't be effective for the prairie-chicken.