'Critical Habitat' Expanding for Preble's Mouse

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is designating more areas as critical habitat for the threatened Preble's meadow jumping mouse. Some of the land re-designated impacts those in El Paso and Teller Counties.

The agency said Tuesday that it will add 177 miles of rivers and streams and about 22 square miles in Colorado to the designated area. Overall, about 411 miles of rivers and streams and 54 square miles in seven counties will be considered critical habitat, which could require special management to protect the mouse.

The areas include land and waters in Boulder, Broomfield, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer and Teller counties.

The Fish and Wildlife Service says the economic impacts of the designation could be $2.66 million to $5.98 million per year over the next 20 years, mostly related to potential effects on development projects.

You can click on the link below this story to view the entire Interior Department's final report, which includes maps of local communities that are impacted.

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  • by c. on Dec 16, 2010 at 09:24 PM
    I'd rather the mice have the land than to be looking at a bunch of crowded together tacky houses!
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Dec 15, 2010 at 04:49 PM
    Horse hockey! This is just more government interference with private as well as public property rights. The federal government currently owns nearly 30% of all land in the U.S. If the government is so worried about wildlife, they should put a stop to illegal immigration along with cutting the legal immigration quota from the current level of one million per year back to the pre 1970 level of 250,000 per year or better yet, less. Not only would the quality of life for wildlife be better, so would our quality of life. Watch the following video to see where we are headed. www.youtube.com/watch?v=muw22wTePQq. If these government projections come true, some wildlife will become more than just endangered. This is an example of the "inside out" of the "bottom up, top down" Radical agenda.
  • by Kris on Dec 15, 2010 at 02:19 PM
    You have got to be kidding me....It's a flippin MOUSE.....Our government is way to far out of control!!!!!
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