Agency delays protections for imperiled bat, prairie chicken

FILE - This undated photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a male lesser prairie chicken in southeastern New Mexico. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, that new designations for the lesser prairie chicken scheduled to take effect then had been bumped to March 27. The agency is granting endangered status to the grassland bird's southern population segment while listing the northern segment as threatened. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP, File)

Agency delays protections for imperiled bat, prairie chicken