Oh To Be A Frog!
By de Andréa
Opinion Editorialist for
‘THE BOTTOM LINE’
Posted August 5, 2017
The weed huggers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Land Management, seem to be doing their very best to take control of all the land in the country one weed and one critter at a time.
Millions of these tiny frogs and toads swarm over the Sierra Nevada. Now, the government says nearly 2 million acres of land needs to be off limits to humans and preserved for the frogs to prevent them from going extinct.
Loggers and ranchers who harvest timber or graze cattle on public lands assert that the new restrictions on land use will eventually make it more difficult – if not impossible – to make a living in the Sierra, said Shaun Crook, a Tuolumne County cattle rancher whose family also owns a logging company.
The Federal Government’s Bureau of land Management BLM already illegally owns and controls nearly 40 % of all the land mass in the United States, yes that’s it in red my friend. Take a close look at that swath of land north to south along the California Nevada border. It all belongs to the Federal Mafia called the BLM. Check out the state of Nevada, except for Reno/Sparks and Las Vegas, the entire state has been illegally confiscated by the BLM. Now’ they want to give it to the weeds, bugs, and critters, and stop the American people from even setting foot on public property. Are we going to have another stand off - like the Bundy’s of Nevada and the Oregon issue?
At issue is the fate of the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and mountain yellow-legged frog, named for the yellow on the undersides of their legs and abdomens. The third species is the Yosemite toad, named for the national park where it was first discovered.
“Other habitat management, like livestock grazing in some areas, has an impact, and of course climate change and drought can impact them as well,” said Jenny Loda, a staff attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. If land is overgrazed, the vegetation might not hide the frogs from predators, she said.
Of course the fact that putting a stop to cattle grazing is going to have an impact on the wild grass growth, increasing the fire danger in the Sierra apparently is not an issue for the Federal government, but it might be for those who live in California.
Environmentalists say extra protections are critical for the frog that have been hit with a one-two punch from nonnative predatory fish and the chytrid fungus, a disease that is devastating amphibians around the world.
In response to the suit, the state began reviewing its stocking program and limiting hatchery releases in certain lakes. The environmental group had hoped to ban such stocking entirely in lakes where the frogs were present, but in 2015, a state appellate court ruled that the hatchery program could continue and that the state’s environmental reviews were adequate.
THE BOTTOM LINE: I too own property in the Sierra foot hills, so should I expect to hear from the weed huggers, buggers and froggers that I have to give my property back to the lower life forms? What about the human species, aren’t we part of the ecological equation? Or have we just become a bunch of troublesome dumbo’s that are just trying to destroy the earth one weed and carbon molecule at a time? What about the hypocrisy of the weed hugging Darwinists and their so-called survival of the fittest. I guess that theory is used only when it is convenient.
There are more than 4700 different species of frogs and toads on the planet, more than a 104 of those species live in the continental U.S., I really don’t think we are going to run out of the little bug beggars anytime soon. But if we trade people for frogs, we just might run out of people. Are the frogs going to put us on the endangered species list? Probably not!
P.S. If I have to, I will fight the frogs and the weed huggers for my property, what about you? Maybe a prince will come along an kiss the frog waking the princess.
Thanks for listening. Now go do the right thing and fight for truth and freedom.
- de Andréa
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