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AZ is getting $400,000 to build bridges for squirrels (Tree Rat Stimulus)
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Posted on 06/19/2010 8:59:53 AM PDT by mnehring

SAFFORD, AZ (CNN) - The state of Arizona is getting $400,000 in federal money to pay for new bridges. But these bridges are not for humans. They are for squirrels. Not everyone is convinced the project is a good use of taxpayer money.

The Mount Graham Red Squirrel is cute, but in trouble. At last count there were only about 250 left in the world, so officials have put a lot into keeping it from going extinct.

Now, the Arizona Department of Transportation plans to spend $400,000, $1,600 squirrel, to give red squirrels little bridges over the road.

Squirrels have enough natural enemies - predators, drought, fire - without having to contend with an unnatural enemy like cars. A scientist referred to us by the Center for Biodiversity says researchers believe about six squirrels die on the road here every year but it is hard to be truly sure of the numbers because predators clear out the road kill so fast.

But, are bridges for squirrels - even endangered squirrels - a good use of public dollars? Just thinking of other things that have to be set aside - rest stops closed, paving and maintenance deferred, things of that sort - why squirrels, why now?

"The squirrels are an endangered species," said Linda Ritter, with Arizona's Department of Transportation. "The most endangered in the world and we do have a responsibility to mitigate the environmental impacts on those squirrels."

Linda Ritter says the money is federal dollars. A-DOT has to use it for squirrels or lose it. So what do the squirrels' neighbors think of the plan?

"Survival of the species is very important to me," said one man. "It depends on how you think of humans being employed and their plight."

"I think it's a good thing," said another. "If it saves a couple squirrels, you know, keeps population alive for my kids to enjoy. I think that's a good thing."

"I think it would be nice to get that money and return it to the school system," said one nearby resident. "I like squirrels but children are more important I think."


TOPICS: Government; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: arizona; debt; squirrel; stimulus

1 posted on 06/19/2010 8:59:53 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring

Squirrel!



2 posted on 06/19/2010 9:03:16 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Judas Iscariot - the first social justice advocate. John 12:3-6)
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To: mnehring

Please God...make it stop.


3 posted on 06/19/2010 9:05:13 AM PDT by 506Lake (Peace is the farthest thing from a martyrs mind.)
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To: 506Lake
John Halikowski, director of Arizona's Department of Transportation killed it this morning. Probably because they aren't illegal alien squirrels. Arizona Cancels $1.25M Bridge for 250 Squirrels
4 posted on 06/19/2010 9:07:52 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: mnehring

I thought it was 1.24 million and they cancelled the deal.


5 posted on 06/19/2010 9:11:59 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: mnehring
In the center of Longview, Washington there is a statue of a squirrel. It is dedicated to a man who built the first squirrel bridge. Here's an article about this. - link
6 posted on 06/19/2010 9:13:18 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: mnehring
Rats-busting-taxpayer-nuts-for-squirrels ping


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

7 posted on 06/19/2010 9:14:32 AM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: mnehring
The Mount Graham Red Squirrel can take care of itself...


8 posted on 06/19/2010 9:15:20 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 513 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: mnehring

Maybe, just maybe, God intended this species to go extinct in any event. It’s one thing to alleviate particular human effects that are causing an otherwise robust species to go extinct, but it is liberal nonsense on stilts, and the heighth of liberal arrogance, to try and prevent a natural extinction - more species have gone extinct of their own accord than are around today, and all without one iota of “help” from humans.

Stop wasting money fighting the inevitable.


9 posted on 06/19/2010 9:18:37 AM PDT by Oceander (The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance -- Thos. Jefferson)
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To: mnehring

Animal bridges are all part of the UN Wildlands project designed to convert half of US real estate back to virgin animal and forest, etc. territory. Most people are unaware of this US committed to program. Here is one article detailing many of the features and purposes of this fully funded (by YOU) program:

http://www.rangemagazine.com/features/fall-03/fall03_eden.shtml


10 posted on 06/19/2010 9:25:40 AM PDT by givemELL (Does Taiwan eet the Criteria to Qualify as an "Overseas Territory of the United States"? by Richar)
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To: mnehring

Remember the California Condor? They too were on the edge of extinction until those evil humans actually gathered ALL of the remaining birds in the wild. Evil humans saved that species.


11 posted on 06/19/2010 9:33:07 AM PDT by Ronaldus Magnus III (Do, or do not, there is no try.)
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To: mnehring

“AZ is getting $400,000 to build bridges for squirrels”

But ZERO for the fence!


12 posted on 06/19/2010 9:42:26 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: mnehring

SOUTHERN FRIED SQ… INGREDIENTS: Southern Fried Squirrel with Gravy
Instructions:

Yield: 2 Servings
1/3 cups All-purpose flour
½ teaspoon Salt
1/8 teaspoon Black pepper
1/8 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
2 Squirrels,
Cut up
Vegetable oil
3 tablespoon All-purpose flour
1½ cups Milk or chicken broth
Salt and pepper
Brown bouquet sauce

In large plastic food-storage bag, combine 1/3 cup flour, the salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper; shake to mix. Add squirrel pieces; shake to coat. In large skillet, heat 1/8 inch of oil for squirrel, over medium-high heat until hot. Add coated meat; brown on all sides. Reduce heat; cover tightly. Cook over very low heat until tender, 35-45 minutes for squirrel, pieces once. Remove cover; cook 5 minutes longer to crisp. Transfer meat to plate lined with paper towels. Set aside to keep warm. Discard all but 3 tablespoons oil. Over medium heat, stir flour into reserved oil. Blend in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thicken and bubbly. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add bouquet sauce.

Your Southern Fried Squirrel with Gravy is ready. Bon appetit!


13 posted on 06/19/2010 9:45:21 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Well dang - I was going to apply for a job training the squirrels to use the bridge!


14 posted on 06/19/2010 9:46:29 AM PDT by ninergold3 (Let Go and Let God - He IS In Control)
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To: mnehring

A few telephone poles and some heavy cable. That’s the overhead right-of-way for squirrels around here.


15 posted on 06/19/2010 9:48:26 AM PDT by PLMerite (Ride to the sound of the Guns - I'll probably need help.)
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To: PLMerite

Why not just put out some rat poison?


16 posted on 06/19/2010 9:51:29 AM PDT by troy McClure
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To: mnehring
Arizona Cancels $1.25M Bridge for 250 Squirrels
17 posted on 06/19/2010 9:55:55 AM PDT by moehoward
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To: mnehring

They cancelled it.

Pray for America


18 posted on 06/19/2010 9:56:43 AM PDT by bray (Did Rush say Complete Failure?)
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To: SandRat

Yum! Heavy on the Tony’s seasoning in the flour.


19 posted on 06/19/2010 9:59:19 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: SandRat

MMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Sounds good.

...and if you substitute wild rabbit, you’ve got Kentucky Fried Cottontail, the other KFC.


20 posted on 06/19/2010 10:26:45 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
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To: PLMerite
A few telephone poles and some heavy cable.

Until the power company installed metal guards to prevent them from using those 'bridges', local squirrels gave their lives blowing out 3 fuses and taking out a transformer in less than a month on a single one block long section of power lines.

21 posted on 06/19/2010 10:32:38 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
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To: ApplegateRanch

That other KFC is best served at Easter.


22 posted on 06/19/2010 10:35:53 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: ninergold3

Sorry, some other FReepers already put in their applications to hand-carry the poor little darlings across the road. I think they won the bid.


23 posted on 06/19/2010 11:14:32 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: mnehring
Squirrels have enough natural enemies - predators, drought, fire - without having to contend with an unnatural enemy like cars. A scientist referred to us by the Center for Biodiversity says researchers believe about six squirrels die on the road here every year but it is hard to be truly sure of the numbers because predators clear out the road kill so fast.

Hell, more than six squirrels die on my street each year. If there are 125 or so females each popping out one or more litters each year, there must be a predator roadmap to that particular squirrel colony. If not, the population would've long ago climbed out of the "endangered" category. Birds of prey must constantly be circling overhead.

Let these do-gooders pay to trap a few dozen of these squirrels and go release them in an area where they're not a featured item on the menu.

24 posted on 06/19/2010 11:51:25 AM PDT by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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