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Family Livestock Business Could be Shut Down to Protect Mouse

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Credit:  Rob Nikolewsk(Luceros)
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by Jonah Bennett, The Daily Caller

A family’s livestock enterprise in New Mexico is in danger of being completely shut down now that the US 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 US Fish and Wildlife Service last month, and as a result, the US 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.

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