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Rare spider found in Texas shuts down $15M million construction project
FoxNews.com ^ | September 13, 2012

Posted on 09/13/2012 5:38:04 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa

A rare spider discovered at a construction site in San Antonio has shut down a $15 million project as federal and state officials consider ways to continue without disrupting the arachnid’s natural habitat.

The spider, identified as a Braken Bat Cave Meshweaver, is an endangered, non-venomous species that lives in caves, has no eyes and is virtually translucent. Josh Donat, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Transportation, said the recent discovery is only the second time the species has been spotted in more than 30 years.

"This is the second individual spider that's ever been found,” Donat told FOX 29. “It's not like we found 1 of 5,000 individuals in a species. This is the second time this species has ever been seen by human eyes. The last time it was seen was 32 years ago in 1980 in a little piece of property not far from here."

Donat said the construction project near Highway 151 and Wiseman Road, which began in April, will be put on hold indefinitely as U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials and the Federal Highway Administration consider ways to proceed. The project became subject to the Endangered Species Act once the rare spider was discovered, he said.

The find could halt the project altogether, officials said, as residents who live in the North San Antonio Hills section say they’re frustrated with the situation.

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Sheesh! They found one spider in 1980 - a second exemplar now - and it's an endangered species?



And this is halting a $15 Million construction project? I thought the Snail Darter episode was ludicrous - this is far worse in my opinion.

Put a fork in us - we're done!



Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

1 posted on 09/13/2012 5:38:07 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa
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To: ConorMacNessa

It lives in a cave right?

And our roads are above ground, I think. Yes, they are.

Have a nice day.


2 posted on 09/13/2012 5:40:03 PM PDT by TheZMan (Obama is without a doubt the worst President ever elected to these United States)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Stomp on it, and get back to work!


3 posted on 09/13/2012 5:40:34 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

The whole problem could be solved by a good workboot on someone’s foot.


4 posted on 09/13/2012 5:41:05 PM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: ConorMacNessa

Rare spider trumps rare jobs.


5 posted on 09/13/2012 5:41:15 PM PDT by AHerald ("Do not fear, only believe." - Mark 5:36)
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To: ConorMacNessa

I’m so tired of this shit. 99% of the species that ever lived on Earth are now extinct. This f’ing spider isn’t going to change world events.


6 posted on 09/13/2012 5:42:08 PM PDT by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: ConorMacNessa

We need to sprinkle a bunch of these spiders around D.C.


7 posted on 09/13/2012 5:43:16 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: ConorMacNessa

For a consulting fee, I’ve got a couple of 9 1/2 s that can solve their problem.


8 posted on 09/13/2012 5:44:51 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty ("Get that evil, foreign, muslim, usurping bastard out of MY White House!" FUBO GTFO!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Insanity.

There is no other explanation.

This is absolutely undeniably utterly insane.


9 posted on 09/13/2012 5:45:54 PM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: ConorMacNessa

10 posted on 09/13/2012 5:46:43 PM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

1 - It is NOT “rare”!
2 - It was not “discovered”!

For decades college university students have been tasked with conducting field trips and compiling lists of species within a given grid.

Then, whenever somebody wants to develop that area, the enviro-whackos pull out there list and declare, “you can’t build there, the endangered “widget” lives there.
Nobody else has a list to prove otherwise and they win.
This has gone on across the country for decades.


11 posted on 09/13/2012 5:46:57 PM PDT by G Larry (Progressives are Regressive because their objectives devolve to the lowest common denominator.)
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To: ConorMacNessa
Shoot Stomp

Shovel

Shut-up

12 posted on 09/13/2012 5:49:57 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

The Bracken Bat Cave is 30 miles or more from this intersection - did this spider hitch a ride?


13 posted on 09/13/2012 5:51:28 PM PDT by decal (I'm not rude, I don't suffer fools is all.)
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To: Nik Naym
This is absolutely undeniably utterly insane.

It's an I.Q. test to see how long the politically correct elites running our country can get away with fooling the voters and taxpayers. Quite a while it appears. There are only two ways to end this: the voting booth (ID card please!) or civil war.

14 posted on 09/13/2012 5:53:09 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: ConorMacNessa

I am not related to the Braken Spiders.


15 posted on 09/13/2012 5:59:35 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: ConorMacNessa
What kind of a $15 Million project is being built in a cave?
Inquiring minds and all that.
16 posted on 09/13/2012 5:59:52 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Odd, translucent spiders often hide in my house. Dang things are hard to spot on the carpet.


17 posted on 09/13/2012 6:02:51 PM PDT by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Remind me to squish every spider I see at my job site.


18 posted on 09/13/2012 6:03:13 PM PDT by arderkrag (An Unreconstructed Georgian, Forever in Rebellion.)
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To: ConorMacNessa
who's the genius what found it? why isn't their name in the paper?? where is he and why isn't he taking credit for the discovery???

hiding, that's where...

19 posted on 09/13/2012 6:04:13 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: ConorMacNessa

20 posted on 09/13/2012 6:05:46 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: ConorMacNessa

This was on the radio news the other day. Apparently the way it works is that the various work crews are followed around by a federal government biologist (think commisar) that scrutinizes every shovelful of dirt to make sure there isn’t any endangered critters in there. My intuition tells me that this is a requirement for taking federal highway dollars. Be a shame if any of them were to have accidents.


21 posted on 09/13/2012 6:11:32 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: RightGeek; All
Thanks, FRiends for the many clever repies - I believe we are of like mind on this one - and by the way:

I don't cotton to spiders!!!



Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

22 posted on 09/13/2012 6:14:58 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

True story. I was reading this when a wolf spider came running out toward my hand operating the mouse. I was also watching a DVR of Redeye at the time and the remote I had in my left hand ended any possibility of this spider infringing on my continued multi-tasking.


23 posted on 09/13/2012 6:14:58 PM PDT by Starstruck (It's all Obama's fault)
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To: Starstruck
I was working on a project in an older building in Rosslyn (Arlington) VA - one of the women on the project was bitten in the leg by a spider that popped out of a box full of documents - don't know if it was a wolf spider, but whatever it was hurt her big time - flesh eating, etc. She took weeks to recover.



Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

24 posted on 09/13/2012 6:19:05 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Probably Brown Recluse.


25 posted on 09/13/2012 6:25:33 PM PDT by Starstruck (It's all Obama's fault)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Any time I see a spider I check to make sure I don’t need to call someone
who might identify it as endangered.

Oh, how convenient for someone.


26 posted on 09/13/2012 6:25:53 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer. FREEDOM OR FREE STUFF- YOU GET ONE CHOICE, CHOOSE WISELY)
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To: Starstruck
That was my thought as well - don't know how common they are in this area. Of course, who knows where that box of documents had been?



Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

27 posted on 09/13/2012 6:35:32 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Stomp on it, and get back to work!

Exactly.

28 posted on 09/13/2012 6:40:37 PM PDT by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: ConorMacNessa

The Endangered Species Act needs to be repealed. If a species is unfit to adapt to changing conditions, then it should be allowed to become extinct.


29 posted on 09/13/2012 6:48:16 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

This spider is so rare no one will miss if it gets wiped out. The endangered species act was designed to keep rare birds and mammals from extinction. Not insects


30 posted on 09/13/2012 6:52:11 PM PDT by dennisw (Government be yo mamma - Re-elect Barack Obama)
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To: ConorMacNessa

The only rare spyder worth preserving was built by Porsche.


31 posted on 09/13/2012 7:04:18 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: ConorMacNessa
If the last previous sighting was 32 years ago, I am pretty sure they could not validly state "You stepped on the last remaining spider of that species."

I say stomp away, I remember all of the delayed projects around the preble's meadow jumping mouse.

32 posted on 09/13/2012 7:07:04 PM PDT by SledgeCS (I will vote for Obama when he admits that his idea of a transparency means "You cannot see it")
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To: ConorMacNessa

GET BACK, YOU EIGHT-LEGGED FREAKS!


33 posted on 09/13/2012 7:13:23 PM PDT by Edward Teach
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To: Joe 6-pack
We need to sprinkle a bunch of these spiders around D.C.

Or these.


34 posted on 09/13/2012 7:31:50 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Give me 15 mil and I will build it and it’s relatives a perfect little cave for them to live in.


35 posted on 09/13/2012 7:35:45 PM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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To: ConorMacNessa

I’m in San Antonio and heard a report about this yesterday. To add to the utter insanity of this, the report indicated that the spider was taken away to some lab and DISSECTED to prove what it was.

Yes, you read that correctly ... they killed an uber-rare spider in order to save it.

We definitely live in the bizzaro world. I really wish that Sam Kinison was still alive to go berzerk over this. I can hear him now...”HELLOOOOOO!!! The f’ing spider is DEEEEAAAAAD!! The stupid ba$tard$ DISSECTED it, and we still can’t build a $15 million highway because of a DEEEEAAAADDDDD F’ING SPIDER that no one even knew was alive until the day before???? Oh, Oh, OOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHH!”

I have to laugh, because otherwise I’d cry about what we’ve become.


36 posted on 09/13/2012 7:38:40 PM PDT by Ancesthntr (Bibi to Odumbo: Its not going to happen.)
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To: ConorMacNessa
Just show the little bastards who's on top of the food chain.

Can you deep fry a spider? Answer: Yes you can!

37 posted on 09/13/2012 7:44:01 PM PDT by Tuanedge
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To: ConorMacNessa

It’s not so rare. It lives in caves with the other blind creatures too often described as rare. I was a spelunker in my teens (hobby).


38 posted on 09/13/2012 7:45:40 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Maybe this spider likes the taste of cement!

Lets pour 12 inches of rebarred concrete on top of it’s nest and find out


39 posted on 09/13/2012 9:03:44 PM PDT by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: Fiji Hill
"If a species is unfit to adapt to changing conditions, then it should be allowed to become extinct."

Liberals are unfit.

40 posted on 09/14/2012 2:10:46 AM PDT by eCSMaster ('Nancy Pelosi is a DINGBAT.' - Gov. Sarah Palin)
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To: ConorMacNessa
How can they know it's a separate species? The area has been pretty well developed for several years. If there were even a small number of them, small for spiders, they'd have been noticed.

I wouldn't be surprised to find they are just a moderately rare mutation, or rare combination of recessive genes, in an existing species, similar to albinism in humans and other mammals.

41 posted on 09/15/2012 10:59:26 AM PDT by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: Travis McGee
I am not related to the Braken Spiders.

Just the bats?

At least bats are mammals. Cute little buggers, in an ugly sort of way. And those particular bats eat mosquitoes. We could use a bunch of them up in here the the Dallas Fort Worth area.

42 posted on 09/15/2012 11:13:06 AM PDT by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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