Secret Gopher Map Reveals Washington Agency’s Power

Fifth in a series on a new ESA list­ing. The author states there may be more com­ing in this series. A secret 2013 Wash­ing­ton Depart­ment of Fish and Wildlife map that was acci­den­tal­ly placed in Thurston Coun­ty Plan­ning‘s pub­lic files has been obtained by Watch­dog Wire.  The map pur­ports to show loca­tions of the newly […]

International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature’ behind pocket gopher hoax

Fourth in a series on a new ESA list­ing. Part Five will be pub­lished on Octo­ber 29, 2014. Lar­ry Weaver wants his gopher blood back. That smidgen of gopher blood means the world to both Weaver and many in his Rochester com­mu­ni­ty in south­west Thurston Coun­ty, Wash­ing­ton. Weaver, a real­tor and small devel­op­er, allowed the Wash­ing­ton Depart­ment of Fish and […]

Far-reaching “Waters of the United States” rule could be the most significant EPA regulation you have never heard about: opinion

In 1972, Con­gress enact­ed the Clean Water Act (CWA) to “restore and main­tain the chem­i­cal, phys­i­cal, and bio­log­i­cal integri­ty of the Nation’s waters.” The fed­er­al gov­ern­men­t’s legal author­i­ty to reg­u­late water is large­ly derived from the Con­sti­tu­tion’s Com­merce Clause, which the­o­ret­i­cal­ly lim­its the gov­ern­men­t’s juris­dic­tion to the type of nav­i­ga­ble water­ways where such com­merce occurs. Sadly, […]

PA Senate Amends Buffer Rule that Represented the Worst Sort of Government

A win for the lit­tle guy  Government’s role is to serve the peo­ple.  Amer­i­ca is a peo­ple with a gov­ern­ment, not a gov­ern­ment with a peo­ple. The people—their needs, their inter­ests, their rights—come first in all things. Our Con­sti­tu­tion pro­hibits gov­ern­ment behav­ior that is arbi­trary, capri­cious, abu­sive, or uncom­pen­sat­ed tak­ing of pri­vate prop­er­ty, among others. […]

Washington State Protects Endangered Gophers Better than Cops, Citizens

Third in a series on new ESA list­ing. Part Four will be pub­lished on Octo­ber 28, 2014. Do Wash­ing­ton State offi­cials believe that threat­en­ing exces­sive force against peace­ful cit­i­zens is jus­ti­fied if a rodent’s life may be in dan­ger?  Or that rodents have more rights and deserve more pro­tec­tion than under­staffed cops and the cit­i­zens they protect? […]

Can a Well-Endowed “Endangered” Gopher Really Drive a Tractor?

Sec­ond in a series on new ESA List­ing. Part Three will be post­ed on Octo­ber 27, 2014. In Wash­ing­ton state’s Thurston Coun­ty, bureau­crats won Endan­gered Species Act (ESA) pro­tec­tion for a tiny clus­ter of pock­et gophers because of their alleged super-sized penis­es. How­ev­er, nobody but local offi­cials appear to have seen this fea­ture.  They have offered no proof of this endow­ment, nor does […]

Gopher wins ESA Listing Based on Genitalia Size

First in a series on new ESA list­ing. Part Two will be post­ed on Octo­ber 26, 2014. Does size real­ly mat­ter? Accord­ing to the Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Fish and Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife, it sure does. The odd claims of state and fed­er­al offi­cials have been enough to earn a small group of this incredibly […]

The Making of a Mexico-to-Canada Wolf Corridor — Part 2

The South­west is the area where Cana­di­an and Mex­i­can wolves most­ly like­ly will meet and cross­breed. Accord­ing to USFWS doc­u­ments, the Mex­i­can wolf’s inbreed­ing con­tributes to small lit­ter sizes and low pup-sur­­vi­val rates. Cross-breed­ing with the non-native Cana­di­an wolves would “solve” the Mex­i­can wolf’s gene pool prob­lem.  Call it a “nonessen­tial exper­i­men­tal Mex­i­can wolf subspecies.” […]