The prairie chicken could affect control of the Senate. The federal government is considering listing the greater sage grouse as an endangered species next year. Doing so could limit development, energy exploration, hunting and ranching on the 165 million acres (67 million hectares) of the bird’s habitat across 11 Western states. (Reno Gazette-Journal)
Two Republican congressmen running for the U.S. Senate in Montana and Colorado, Steve Daines and Cory Gardner, are co-sponsoring legislation that would prevent the federal government from listing the bird for a decade as long as states try to protect it.
A change of 6 seats from D to R will change control of the Senate. A sign that folks are getting fed up with the over reach of the ESA?