Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill this week that tells the U.S. government it has no authority to regulate prairie chickens within the state of Kansas. The bill also threatens lawsuits against federal conservation efforts in an escalating dispute over reversing the population decline of the lesser prairie chicken according to a recent article from the Topeka Capital-Journal.
The lesser prairie chicken obtained “threatened” status in March.
The “State Sovereignty over Non-migratory Wildlife Act” takes effect this week.
More information about the bill is available from the Topeka Capital-Journal.