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Kansas gives prairie chickens to Missouri

A prairie chicken is shown in this photo handed out  Dec. 23, 2008, by the Missouri Department of Conser-vation.

A prairie chicken is shown in this photo handed out Dec. 23, 2008, by the Missouri Department of Conser-vation.

April 13, 2009

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— Kansas is helping out its neighbors by letting Missouri have some of its Greater Prairie Chickens.

Missouri has only a few hundred of the rare birds, while Kansas has a springtime population of 25,000 to 40,000. Missouri conservation officials are allowed to trap about 100 of the Kansas birds per year, 50 cocks and 50 hens.

Max Alleger led a team of state conservationists for several days in Kansas over the past month trapping the birds.

“Our overall goal is to re-establish a stable population of 300 birds there,” Alleger said.

The team locates prairie chicken booming grounds, where males gather during the summer mating season to attract females. The males’ booming sound can travel more than a mile.

Alleger said the team drove through prairie that stretched from the Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range up to Tescott, stopping periodically to listen for the birds. Then team members looked up the landowner and sought permission to go onto the land to trap the prairie chickens.

“They have welcomed us with open arms,” he said.

Trapped males are taken to Missouri and released. Females are fitted with radio transmitters and picked up with their chicks in July to be shipped to Missouri.

Alleger said the prairie chicken population appeared healthy.

“We were finding as many or more birds as we had last year,” he said.

Two species of prairie chicken — the lesser and the greater — are found in Kansas. The Lesser Prairie Chicken is found almost exclusively in southwest Kansas (and into Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico), while the Greater Prairie Chicken is found in the Flint Hills of Kansas and in more eastern states.

Comments

Danimal 5 years, 8 months ago

This is BS, we shouldn't give Missouri our prairie chickens because those yokels probably ate all of theirs. And while they were probably delicious I think that we should stand on principal here. If we're giving them 100 birds each year and they can't maintain a population of 300 we should seriously rethink this program.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 8 months ago

I find it fascinating that animals are more often more particular about their breeding habits than humans. Tympanuchus pallidicinctus or the lesser prairie chicken is one of the more remarkable birds with its coloration and mating habits. Natives in their dance imitated the animals they found around them, including this bird. Humans are killing off species after species. Time to stop.

wysiwyg69 5 years, 8 months ago

I wouldn't give missery the sweat off my arss.

lmn 5 years, 8 months ago

I have to disagree with you, Irish. The thought of some of those chickens - slaughtered, plucked and dipped in batter - then deep fried, sounds TASTY to me!!! Mmmm...let's kill 'em and eat 'em and not waste them on MO. Time to go.

lmn 5 years, 8 months ago

It's so weird how after you chop a chicken's head off...they still run around.

Oh well - they're still finger lickin' good.

Phil Minkin 5 years, 8 months ago

LJW missed the headline: KANSAS GIVES MISSOURI THE BIRD(S)

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