This March 2007 photo provided by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department shows a male lesser prairie chicken in a mating stature in the Texas panhandle. The Obama administration is placing the lesser... more 
This March 2007 photo provided by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department shows a male lesser prairie chicken in a mating stature in the Texas panhandle. The Obama administration is placing the lesser prairie chicken on a list of threatened species, a move that could affect oil and gas drilling, wind farms and other activities in five central and southwestern states. The decision by the Fish and Wildlife Service is a step below “endangered” status and allows for more flexibility in how the protections for the bird will be carried out under the Endangered Species Act. An announcement was expected Thursday. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the listing decision in advance. (AP Photo/Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Jon McRoberts) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Jon McRoberts
Thu, Mar 27, 2014 3:24 PM EDT