Skip to comments.Spotted owl could be game-changer in Tombstone water war
Posted on 06/09/2012 10:42:26 AM PDT by inkling
Tombstone, Arizona (CNN) -- The six Forest Service rangers suddenly crouched, whispering, on their way up the rocky mountain trail. It was early Friday afternoon, the first day of the Tombstone Shovel Brigade, and the rangers were out in force, hiking to the spot where dozens of volunteers worked with picks and shovels to move and bury Tombstone's makeshift water line.
Shhh! Look! Do you see it?
The rangers stopped in their tracks. Binoculars emerged from pockets, and fingers pointed to a stand of trees.
And there it was, a Mexican spotted owl, perched high in a pine tree. It was a male, the rangers said, with his back turned to the intruders. He scratched and preened. But mostly, the owl seemed to be watching the nest in a nearby sycamore tree where his mate tended to an owlet.
The owl is a threatened species, and until a few days ago its presence in fire-scorched Miller Canyon was a matter of speculation. But now that it has surfaced, the owl could be a game-changer in the water war between the U.S. Forest Service and the Wild West city made famous by the 30-second gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
Tombstone is trying to repair a 26-mile pipeline that has brought mountain spring water into the city since 1881. It was damaged during last summer's Monument Fire and monsoon rains that brought mud, water and boulders crashing down the denuded slopes...
With the conservative Goldwater Institute taking on Tombstone's legal work, the court battle has blossomed into a full-blown states rights dispute. Tombstone is getting the attention of activists from Utah, New Mexico and other Western states who say the federal government has gone too far. It has become ground zero in a rekindled Sagebrush Rebellion.
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The owl came to ask the Federales “Whoo-oo do you think you are?”
Just go up and shot the owl. Problem solved. Might have to get a few rangers as well.
Raise your hand if you didn’t see this one coming.
” It was early Friday afternoon, the first day of the Tombstone Shovel Brigade, and the rangers were out in force, hiking to the spot where dozens of volunteers worked with picks and shovels to move and bury Tombstone’s makeshift water line. “
There was a time, in Arizona, when those bird-watching Rangers would have disappeared without a trace..
More liberal bull****! Every time the commie ‘RATS don’t get their way, they dig out their “Mexican” Spotted Owl or “Mexican” Gray Wolf or some other “Mexican”. They probably saw a “Mexican” sparrow.
I used to own a lot more land than I do now. One day, my momma (passed two years ago) told me, “I saw what looked like one of them in one of your trees on the way over here.”
That weekend I “Poulaned” it. Case closed.
I am convinced that activists actually plant these endangered species and then lead officials to them.
I am certain that it happened in our county with some silly frog that was not native to this county.
On top of that, the spotted owl only living in old growth forests is an out dated theory, considering that in WA State, a spotted owl nested in a fir tree in a traffic circle in Everett, WA. The DNR people moved the nest to a more natural location.
I wonder, seriously, what brought the owl. Don’t owls need water just like every other creature? Could the excavation have brought both that and a shelter for the owl’s normal food?
Good science deserves to prevail here. Just because there’s a rare birdie around doesn’t mean that construction activity is going to make it go away.
I noticed that the CNN photo is of an owl in the forest, not that specific sighting.
If the Rangers forgot, they might try the local K Mart sign, spotted owls prefer those.
It's time for the County sheriff to show these creeps the door.
The owl probably put his nest there when he found out that there would be men working with shovels there. So why would that be bad of the shovel brigade???
“It’s time for the County sheriff to show these creeps the door.
3 Guesses who the County Sheriff of tombstone is? You really only need 1 guess. Yup, Maricopa’s Sheriff Arpaio.
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Well, there you go. If the owl survived the original pipeline installation, they can survive the repair. Case closed.
Wrong, Tombstone is not in Maricopa County, it is in Cochise County. Different Sheriff
<< 3 Guesses who the County Sheriff of tombstone is? You really only need 1 guess. Yup, Maricopas Sheriff Arpaio. >>
Bzzzt - Wrong answer. Tombstone is in Cochise County, not Maricopa County.
Durn it — Yes, i am wrong and I googled it too. It must have brought up “a tombstone in Maricopa” rather than City. Ha Ha — too late to get out of that one I know.
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