ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – New Mexico residents have a chance this week to learn more about the impact of the lesser prairie chicken.
It has been named a threatened species, which some believe could halt oil and gas drilling here to force protections of the bird which could be a detriment to farmers and ranchers.
Representative Steve Pearce is hosting a series of town hall meetings and has invited U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the Agriculture Department, and BLM to attend.
There’s a meeting Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Roswell Chamber of Commerce and a meeting Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Portales Chamber of Commerce.