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Left to their own devices, humans are pretty good at wiping out native animal species. Such has definitely been the case for the so-called “prairie chicken” – known elsewhere as a grouse - of northwest Kansas. Long considered a nuisance, Sunflower State farmers and ranchers have recently discovered there’s something better than shooting them – charging people money to come look at them! Yep, as the Topeka Capital-Journal reports, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has started promoting ecotours that give bird watchers from all over the globe the chance to come observe the famous prairie chicken mating dance, which apparently is a thing. The tours have proven so popular that the state is now looking to offload them onto a private handler.