PORTALES — County commissioners from around southeastern New Mexico met in Portales Thursday to voice their concerns to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s regional official about the Service’s plan to invoke a “threatened” listing for lesser prairie chicken.
The scarce and skittish lesser prairie chicken has the potential to wreak economic havoc within communities across a region that are already struggling, commissioners from across the state told USFWS Regional Director Benjamin Tuggle during a three-hour meeting.
“It is an issue that is important to our counties and the state of New Mexico,” Chaves County Commission Chairman Greg Nibert said. “Our presence here today should establish that we’re truly concerned, not only for our industries, but really for every person that resides within these communities.