Kansas a longtime haven for chickens

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Jul 20, 2006
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Kansas has long been a stronghold for two of four original species of American prairie chickens.

• Greater prairie chickens:

For most of the 20th century it was said the Flint Hills held more of these than all states combined.

Loss of habitat has greatly reduced the Flint Hills population but numbers have grown substantially in the Smoky Hills of north-central Kansas over the past 30 years.

• Lesser prairie chickens: The Dust Bowl drought almost forced these birds into extinction across a range that includes Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico.


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