CEHMM - Lesser Prairie-Chicken

Lesser Prairie-Chicken

The lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) (LPC) is a prairie grouse species native to the southern Great Plains. Historically, LPC ranged across eastern New Mexico, southeastern Colorado, southwestern Kansas, western Oklahoma, and western Texas. The LPC inhabits shinnery oak and sand sagebrush grasslands. Both males and females congregate at breeding grounds, called leks, where males engage in a unique, communal breeding display each spring to attract females. LPC and its habitat have declined mainly because of agriculture, livestock grazing, oil and gas development, and prolonged drought.

Because of the dramatic decline in numbers, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) was petitioned to list the LPC as a federally threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). On December 11, 2012, the FWS published the proposed rule to list the LPC as threatened. Public hearings were held to allow citizens to voice their concerns on the upcoming listing decision. The public comment period ended March 11, 2013, and the decision on whether or not to list the LPC was to be made by September 30, 2013, but the FWS postponed the decision for six months. On March 27, 2014 the FWS determined that the LPC warranted listing the species as threatened under the ESA.

Final Determination Rule

Lesser Prairie Chicken Decoy