Radical environmentalist have wanted to shut down the fossil fuel industry in the U.S. for years. And one incremental approach to their goal is to find some critter living on oil rich land and try to get it declared endangered or at least threatened. The Lesser Prairie Chicken falls in that category.
Well, here's a solution. Sell the little birds to the state of Illinois. Prairie Chickens are endangered in Illinois, so the state has been flying them by plane from Kansas to Illinois. The Illinois Watchdog says this:
“Illinois is the Prairie State and prairie chickens are an endangered species here, so we thought it would be a good idea to bring them back,” said Scott Simpson, site manager for Prairie Ridge State Natural Area in Newton, Ill.
The feds are chipping in $337,000 toward the program and the state will pay $117,000. Some of the cost to state government may be offset by private fundraising done by the Audubon Society, Simpson said.
That puts the total cost of the program at $455,000 for the next three years. ...
So far this year, the state has relocated 50 cocks and 41 hens. That puts the cost of the program at $1,166 per bird.
There you go. If they'll pay the freight, let them have the West Texas prairie chickens. The birds get relocated out of this drought stricken god forsaken region, and the oil industry gets to stay in business. It's win win.