Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has proposed to list the lesser prairie-chicken as 'threatened' under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). It is an action applauded by wildlife conservation
ists, since the western grouse has been a candidate for listing since 1998 and is among the most imperiled species on the candidate list. The Service identified continued population declines and a myriad of land uses as threats to the species' persistence. 'Listing cannot come soon enough for the lesser prairie-chicken,' said Taylor Jones,
Endangered Species Advocate for WildEarth Guardians. '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.