Q. When is a frog worth more than a family’s livelihood? A. When it’s in Cali.

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As ZeroHedge points out that California is known for its wacky legislation. But this one is incredible (not quite as incredible as trying to stop cows from breaking wind, but it’s up there). In this latest eco-power grab, the state has set aside nearly 2 million acres in order to protect a frog, the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog to be exact.

Now, this frog is “under threat of extinction” according to the “experts.” And as you read through this article you might think it’s all we humans’ fault. But you should know that the “experts” say that there has been a range-wide reduction in abundance and geographic extent of surviving populations of frogs following decades of fish stocking, habitat fragmentation, and most recently a disease epidemic.

Image: By Photographer: Devin Edmonds, USGS [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
But back to the legislation. Most of us will eye roll and say what do you expect from California. But remember, it’s a massive farming state. And when a far-left government goes mad, it usually takes someone with it. In this case it’s aa group of California farmers and ranchers, who could very well be regulated out of business by this latest California law. A band of them is fighting back and has sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  This is from The Sacramento Bee:

The California Farm Bureau and two ranchers’ associations sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday, challenging a year-old decision to designate more than 1.8 million acres of rural California as “critical habitat” for three species of frogs and toads that are protected by the Endangered Species Act.

Loggers and ranchers who harvest timber or graze cattle on public lands worry 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.

“It has the economic impact of putting you out of business is what that reality could be,” said Crook, president of the Tuolumne County Farm Bureau.

As local ranchers note, the “critical habitat” designation forces farmers and ranchers to pay for environmental studies. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. claims the ranchers will be subject to: “to substantial regulatory burdens that impose, among other things, study costs, risk assessments, mitigation fees, operational changes, permit fees, and consulting expenses.”  These studies cost a great deal and render the land useless.  And  “In some cases, these burdens put the rancher’s livelihood at risk.” The worry too, is that the restrictions will suffer from mission creep and expand from public to private land.

The farm groups are represented by the Pacific Legal Foundation, a Sacramento nonprofit that fights for conservative and property-rights causes.

Jenny Loda, an attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity described the farmer and rancher effort to protect their livelihood as nothing more than a mean-spirited attack against these really vulnerable frogs” blaming climate change and drought as well as the ranchers’ actions for the predicament of the frogs. 

Will this turn into another Bundy Ranch style standoff? Watch this space.

  • Clete Tacker

    Commifornia liberals sure like to protect “endangered” species and ILLEGAL ALIENS at the expense of working class LEGAL American citizens.

  • Dexter L. Wilson

    Time to dial back EPA, will the frogs be killed by cattle, nuts, so a few dIe but get real that is going to eliminate the frog?

  • ch

    Just like Arizona with the Bundy’s. They were supposedly saving a turtle that doesn’t exist there. It was all about control and the fact that Reid was selling the land to China. That is why all the states need to get their lands back from the Federal government before all the land is sold, like hiTLAIRy did with the Uraninum in WY.
    When the government controls the food source, it controls the people.

  • Dexter L. Wilson

    Especially the ones from Islamic countries considering their Koran says to kill the infidels such as Christians and Jews. Totally inconsistent with our Constitution. Since when are we supposed to bring in those who totally disagree with the laws of our lands?

  • John Decker

    When will California fall in the ocean? Lord hear our prayer!

  • Bob in Florida

    On more action that points out why the EPA (whether Federal, or States) needs to be reined in!

    We’ve gone overboard in letting the tail wag the dog.

  • skeptic

    Confused… The headline and first para implies the _state_ rules are to blame, but the lawsuit is against the _federal_ agency? How does that work?

  • Snake

    They’re getting ready to file for secession. We can only hope that it happens because the US government can then TURN OF THE WATER! So much for the frogs, the smelt, and the libturd cesspool called california!

  • A.P.

    The California Farm Bureau and two ranchers associations are suing the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, so it’s the feds. that have issued this stupid ruling and Californians are fighting it. Admittedly, California passes some really stupid environmental laws, but this ain’t one of them!

  • John Decker

    And so much for the gun haters too! Maybe we can get our Second Amendment back. We’ll have to give up movies, but I think that’s a fair trade.

  • Pam Dunn

    HOW many YEARS have they been grazing cattle on those areas? The stocked fish and other such state actions have hurt the frogs?
    Tell those morons to stuff it up their lower orifice; We had the same IDIOCY about the owls in the woods and it was proven to be a LIE !