Lesser Prairie-Chicken; Threatened Status for the Northern Distinct Population Segment and Endangered Status for the Southern Distinct Population Segment (Final)
Nov. 30, 2022
USFWS are listing two Distinct Population Segments (DPSs) under the ESA for the lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus), a grassland bird known from southeastern Colorado, western Kansas, eastern New Mexico, western Oklahoma, and the Texas Panhandle. They determine threatened status for the Northern DPS and endangered status for the Southern DPS. This rule adds the DPSs to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. We also finalize a rule under the authority of section 4(d) of the Act that provides measures that are necessary and advisable to provide for the conservation of the Northern DPS. This rule is effective 24 January 2023. POC is Beth Forbus, Regional ES Program Manager, Southwest Regional Office, 500 Gold Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102; tele 505-318-8972. (Federal Register 25 November 2022 [Rule] Pages 72674-72755).