Obama Administration Drops Lesser Prairie Chicken Appeal
May 13, 2016

This week, the Obama Administration dropped its appeal of the federal court decision that overturned the listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a threatened species.

The lesser prairie chicken was listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2014, affecting parts of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado. The listing decision was later overturned by a district court decision, which the administration decided to appeal.

By dropping its appeal, the administration accepts the district court's remand order, which vacates the 2014 listing decision, meaning that the lesser prairie chicken is no longer federally protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Voluntary conservation efforts have been working to recover the species and will now be given the opportunity to succeed without the unnecessary burden of a federal ESA listing.