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Really? The Chicken as Endangered Species

David4 Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 4:42 PM
Back in the 1970s I heard advocacy for "National Land-use Planning", whatever that meant. Today, in the EPA regulations, we see National Land-use Planning being implemented, and the plan is natural environmental preservation. I've got to suppose that the plan= the world really would be better without us. Re. Sage Grouse: ex-Int. Secy. James Watt lives in Jackson Hole. He tells of desiring to see Sage Grouse in mating display, but the field trips he signed up for kept getting canceled. He told of flying out of the Jackson Hole airport. As the airplane turned at the end of the runway he looked out the window and saw Sage Grouse in mating display. Conclusion: the field trip organizers had been hosing him.

No one wants to send a species to extinction, but when a chicken that can be hunted and cooked for dinner is proposed as an endangered species, one has to question the entire program. When that proposed endangered species listing brings together representatives from oil, gas, and wind energy companies—as well as ranchers and farmers—you can be sure changes are needed in the way the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is applied.   

The specific critter in question this time is the lesser prairie chicken (LPC) and the proposed ESA listing would have the federal government killing jobs, thwarting economic...