Prairie chicken meeting scheduled

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has scheduled a public meeting 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in Portales to discuss implementation of a management plan for lesser prairie chickens, according to a New Mexico Department of Game and Fish press release.

The plan includes management goals, objectives and on-the-ground activities throughout the range of lesser prairie chickens in New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Kansas.

According to the press release, state biologists also will discuss the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service proposal for listing the lesser prairie chicken under the federal Endangered Species Act and its implications to eastern New Mexico.

The meeting is in the Portales Memorial Building. For information, contact Grant Beauprez at grant.beauprez@state.nm.us, (575) 478-2460, or George Farmer at george.farmer@state.nm.us, (575) 624-6135.

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