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Kansas hunting season for rare bird

lesser prairie chicken(AP) — Hunting season opens this weekend in Kansas for a rare game bird that’s being considered for federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Kansas is the only state remaining where hunters can legally kill lesser prairie chickens, which have been facing declining populations. This year’s survey found about 18,000 lesser prairie chickens in Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism limits the number of birds hunters can take and says hunting doesn’t impact the lesser prairie chicken’s population. The hunting season is Nov. 16-Jan. 31 in northwest and eastern Kansas and until Dec. 31 in southwest Kansas.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide by March 2014 if the bird will be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

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  • Finger licking good!

    The only State that allows killing of an endangered species! Now that’s something to be proud of. But the title won’t last long the brave hunters will wipe them out this year.

    • Reader

      @Finger, read it again. Prairie Chickens are not an endangered species …. it’s under consideration.

      • Tyler

        Gotta say I have seen more Prairie Chickens this year than I have any pheasants.

      • Finer licking good!

        That makes me feel better…I can’t make up my mind if I want to go KFC or Al’s Chicken Diner tonight!

    • A_citizen_patriot

      So then you must have objected to the wind farms near hays. Because there was a study down that showed the proposed locations had these birds living in them. But they were going to build anyways.

      • FINGER LICKING

        Now I know am living in Kansas…wind farms are killing them off…is your first name Eddie?

  • why?

    someone please tell me why that the kansas department of wildlife and parks does not REPLENISH the pheasant population like they do in the dakotas???

  • why?

    someone please tell me why the kansas department of wildlife and parks doesn’t replenish the pheasant population like they do in the dakotas???

  • why?

    would someone please tell me why the kansas dept. of wildlife doesn’t replenish the pheasant population like they do in the dakotas?

  • oserver

    Hunters aren’t causing the decline of the birds. Farming practices are doing far more damage than hunters are.

    • A_citizen_patriot

      How so?

      • observer

        how so? simple….the heavy use of chemicals in no till farming, destruction of habitat and re-cropping instead of letting ground sit fallow, just a few things that are having an effect. add that to the drought……birds are having trouble , it ain’t rocket science

        • A_citizen_patriot

          Well there are still alot of people that dont no till. And alot of people still fallow ground.

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