KLA staff provided comments at an October 16 hearing held by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission on the longnose snake. The topic of the hearing was the commission’s proposed regulation to delist the snake and several other species as threatened or endangered under the Kansas Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act (KNESCA).
     Information provided by KLA supports the proposed delisting. KLA testimony stated the longnose snake is abundant in numbers and the original listing was the result of inconclusive information on prevalence of the species.  
     KLA originally became involved in the issue two years ago when the discovery of longnose snake habitat temporarily disrupted the construction and operation of a feedyard and dairy in southwest Kansas. Since that time, KLA staff has advocated for KNESCA reform, including the delisting proposal being considered by the commission.


KLA Vice President of Communications Todd Domer says more individual comments from ranchers, feeders and dairymen are needed to turn back EPA’s burdensome waters of the U.S. proposal.