Posted: July 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

Now that the Ozark Hellbender has been declared endangered, we can look forward to these types of land controls based on the endangered status of the Hellbender.

For those who don’t already know, the way the Hellbender was determined to be endangered is as follows: The Missouri Dept of Conservation had scuba gear clad individuals go into streams and count the Hellbenders they found. They call this taking a census. They found 578 Hellbenders, so it was determined that this indicated the Hellbender was an endangered species. When asked how many had been found previously, the Dept of Conservation said, “We don’t know. We never counted them before.” Logical, responsible, and practical???

Anyway, a family is threatened with losing the ability to provide for themselves because of an endangered mouse. Here’s the story:

Feds Declare Mouse Endangered, Family Might Lose Everything

Posted By Jonah Bennett On 7:38 PM 07/03/2014 In | No Comments

A family’s livestock enterprise in New Mexico is in danger of being completely shut down now that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declared the meadow jumping mouse to be an endangered species, Watchdog reports.

The new regulations came into effect from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last month, and as a result, the U.S. Forest Service is considering installing 8-foot high fences to protect the mouse, which would permanently prevent the Lucero family’s livestock from grazing.

The family is already in possession of grazing permits from the federal government, but the permits become irrelevant in the event that a new species is declared endangered.

The Lucero family has had their livestock graze on the land in the Santa Fe National Forest for more than a century, starting first with sheep, but then switching to cattle in the 1920s.

“We’re not insensitive to protecting the mouse,” Orlando Lucero said. “But let’s work on something that keeps everyone’s interests in mind.”

No decision has been made by the Forest Service officials, but they have stated that they are required by law to protect the meadow jumping mouse through the Endangered Species Act, and grazing has been listed as one of the primary threats to the mouse’s habitat.

At the moment, the Forest Service is engaging in a preliminary scoping process, in order to determine what action needs to be taken to secure the longevity of the jumping mouse.

It may take anywhere from 30 days to eight months for a decision to be reached.

“It’s been our experience that a fence like that to protect that occupied habitat seems to be the best way we can do our affirmative duty and protect that habitat,” said Robert Trujillo, the acting director of Wildlife, Fish and Rare Plants for the Southwest Region of the US Forest Service.

“Why would we give it up after four generations?” Orlando Lucero argued. “We were here before the (Forest Service), back during land grants. We’re not going to go nowhere.”

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