Posted: July 5, 2014
Where is Tom Udall when you need him?
The Lucero family has been ranching in New Mexico for over a hundred years, long before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department was created, long before the Endangered Species Act was created (1973), almost back before New Mexico was called a state.
Recently the U.S. Fish and Livestock put the meadow jumping mouse on the Endangered Species List and are sworn to protect it. To protect the mouse they are going to construct a large series of eight foot high fences that will not only keep livestock from grazing here but potentially keep New Mexicans from using a popular San Antonio Campground.
The cattle graze here 20 days in the Spring and 40 days on the Fall. The Luceros have permits to graze on the land. The mouse, by the way, is active three to four months a year and hibernates the rest of the year. The entire incident is reminiscent of events occurring in Otero County where ranchers cattle are being denied access to water tanks.
This incident and many others show the problems that New Mexican’s are having as the U.S. Federal government acquires more and more land and pushes more and more rules. Not only are their incidents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife but the Bureau of Land Management and the Environmental Protection Agency, not to mention state agencies and local agencies on top of that.
It is ironic that the federal government will jump over hoops to protect a mouse but cannot do a thing to protect the borders of the United States from another kind of invasion.
The Luceros are willing to compromise in the issue but not willing to roll over and leave an area that has long been their home.
Tom Udall, a proponent of land grabs and Federal control of New Mexican land, would be well advised to broker some kind of compromise. He won’t compromise with Republicans but perhaps he can find a way to compromise with the ranchers and the meadow jumping mouse.
Where is Tom Udall when New Mexicans have a conflict with Washington D.C.?
What is a long line of eight foot fences going to do to the environmental beauty of the area?
What does it do for a ranching family that has been living and working the land for over a hundred years?
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