Jumping Mouse Used to Justify Federal Land Grab

The Endangered Species Act has less to do with protecting near-extinct wildlife and more to do with having an excuse to take over someone’s private property. There isn’t much the federal government despises more than the idea of private property. Especially property that’s been in possession of a family for over a century.

According to the Daily Caller, the feds are using some jumping mouse as an excuse to take control of the Lucero family’s land:

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.

As some have noted, the feds would erect a giant fence to protect a mouse on someone’s private property, but they wouldn’t dare do such a thing to protect our national borders. That would be racist.



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