Bill Would Exclude Lesser Prairie Chickens from Endangered Species Act Protections

House Resolution 9456 would amend the Endangered Species Act to exclude certain populations of the lesser prairie chicken. The bill was introduced by Representative Ron Estes and has been referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources. Introduction of this bill follows the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s November 17, 2022, announcement that the agency is listing southwestern Texas and eastern New Mexico populations of the lesser prairie chicken as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, and listing a separate northern population in northeastern Texas, western Oklahoma, southcentral to western Kansas and southeastern Colorado as threatened under the ESA. The bill’s text has not yet been published publicly.