Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, supports a state bill (Kansas Senate Bill 276) that would prevent the US Fish & Wildlife Service from protecting imperiled nonmigratory wildlife species or their habitats in Kansas. The Cimarron National Grassland in southwest Kansas, a major habitat for the Lesser Prairie Chicken in Kansas, is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The following short excerpts are from the Lawrence Journal World: The full online version can be seen at
Kobach urges passage of bill that would exclude Lesser Prairie Chicken from federal protection
By Scott Rothschild
Posted Thursday, January 23, 2014
“Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Thursday urged legislators to approve a bill that would exclude the Lesser Prairie Chicken from federal protection.
The bill would assert state sovereignty over nonmigratory wildlife, declare null and void any federal law in Kansas on the Lesser Prairie Chicken, and allow state officials to charge federal officials with a felony if a federal official tried to enforce a federal law dealing with the Lesser Prairie Chicken.”