Blogging About Critters Since 2007

Friday, January 25, 2008

Bush Administration Doesn't Allow Someone to Wreck Public Lands. Wow.

If you want to wreck our public lands, you'd better have the right connections. And these people don't.

Federal agents seized more than 100 cattle and jailed a 66-year-old woman who owns some of them in the first U.S. criminal or civil enforcement action in five years against Nevada ranchers accused of trespassing livestock on public land.

Bureau of Land Management rangers began impounding the cattle across a 10-mile stretch of the high desert rangeland in north central Nevada on Monday. They said Inger Casey and Larry “Dudley” Hiibel had been grazing cattle on BLM land without a permit for more than three years and failed to comply with federal court orders this fall demanding they keep them off U.S. land.

I think it's nice that they did this. But honestly, I think if Dick Cheney had a friend that wanted to fry up a bald eagle on public lands they would try to find a way to allow it.

Instead we get these token prosecutions.

Speaking of the Dept. of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife closed their office at the Seattle airport today. They still have an officer there, but they have been forced into a small corner in the Customs Office. You see, they've been cutting the budget quite a bit.

It's been a while since I've said this:

Worst. President. Ever.

Whew. I needed that.

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