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US won't appeal court rulings on lesser prairie chicken

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The U.S. government won't appeal recent court rulings that stripped the lesser prairie chicken of federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.
The Fish and Wild Service said Wednesday that the Justice Department filed a motion Tuesday to dismiss its appeal of rulings in Texas. The rulings found that Fish and Wildlife failed to make a proper evaluation of a multi-state conservation plan when it listed the lesser prairie chicken as threatened.
Fish and Wildlife says that despite dropping the appeal, it "intends to reassess the status of the species based on the court's ruling and the best available scientific data."
Oil and gas groups opposed the threatened listing, saying it would cost companies millions.
The lesser prairie chicken lives in Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Colorado.

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