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More on the jumping mouse

By Damien M. Schiff Senior Attorney

Earlier this month, PLF submitted a petition to delist the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse from the Endangered Species Act. This week, Ron Arnold has an excellent column in the Washington Examiner detailing the tremendous waste of conservation money, time, and effort that the mouse’s bogus subspecies listing—the focal point of PLF’s delisting petition—has resulted in. For an in-depth analysis of the scientific, legal, and policy issues raised by our petition, check out this recent Courting Liberty Podcast, featuring PLF client and Preble’s-subspecies-critic Dr. Rob Roy Ramey II.

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In re Petition to delist the Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse

On behalf of a broad coalition of sound science and property rights advocates, PLF filed a petition with the federal government to delist the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse from the Endangered Species Act. The government originally listed the mouse on the theory that it was a distinct subspecies whose numbers were declining. However, later studies showed that the mouse has strong genetic links to other, clearly prolific mice. When considered as part of that larger population, the mouse bears no risk of extinction, and the restrictions on habitat–estimated to cost Wyoming and Colorado landowners more than $200 million over 20 years-should be lifted.

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