This March 2007 file photo provided by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department shows a male lesser prairie chicken in a mating stature in the Texas panhandle. (AP Photo)
Local officials and the oil industry are cautious about a new deal offered recently by the federal government that asks landowners to implement conservation measures to protect the lesser prairie chicken.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife has offered up an opportunity for landowners to take steps to conserve and preserve habitat. Basically, if they don’t get caught with a dead prairie chicken on their land, they won’t be fined or prosecuted.
“As long as they continue to implement the … conservation plan then they have nothing to fear from the Endangered Species Act or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,” Dan Ashe, the wildlife service’s director, told The Login to read more