On Wednesday the Sedgwick County Commission added its voice to the many others in Kansas opposing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s recent decision to list the lesser prairie chicken as threatened, voting to send a letter to Gov. Sam Brownback endorsing legal action challenging the federal move. Commissioner Karl Peterjohn proposed the letter, which calls the federal listing “harmful to important agricultural and energy interests in Kansas,” and persuaded Commission Chairman Dave Unruh and Richard Ranzau to support sending it. But Commissioner Jim Skelton, before joining Commissioner Tim Norton in voting “no,” lashed out at the move. “There’s no way on Earth I’m going to support a letter by us supporting a bunch of politicians in Topeka that want to trump trained biologists and scientists…. It burns me up. It’s bad policymaking, and it goes against the grain of what good sportsmanship and outdoorsmanship means.”
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