Federal agency mum on Kansas prairie chicken law

Lesser Prairie Chicken (KSN File Photo)
Lesser Prairie Chicken (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Kansas Republican Tim Huelskamp says he’s working with other members of Congress on proposals to cut the budget of the federal agency that listed the lesser prairie chicken as threatened.

Huelskamp said Tuesday the goal would be to get the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to back off its decision. But he said cutting the agency’s budget also would protest what he sees as over-regulation by President Barack Obama’s administration.

The federal agency said in March that a steep decline in lesser prairie chicken numbers justified the listing.

But Huelskamp and other Kansas officials worry about possible restrictions on farming, ranching and oil and gas production. They believe the state’s economy will suffer.

The Fish and Wildlife Service declined to respond to Huelskamp’s comments.


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