In letters issued Wednesday to lawmakers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe announced that the organization will grant a six-month extension for a final decision on whether to list the lesser prairie chicken as endangered.
Ashe said in the letter the Service will publish a notice in the Federal Register for an extension of the final listing determination through March 30, 2014.
He also said the Service will consider the conservation plan submitted by the five states that would be affected by the listing.
Earlier this month, members of Congress, including Sen. Tom Udall, Login to read more