If you give a mouse “endangered species” status, it could threaten the livelihood of a New Mexico ranching family.

The meadow jumping mouse was recently designated an endangered species. Now, officials are considering building 8-foot-tall fences around protected areas, which would prevent Mike Lucero’s animals from grazing.

“We don’t want to be out of business because the Forest Service failed to work with us on this issue,” Lucero said on “Fox and Friends” this morning. “We want to work together, compromise, do what we gotta do to make it work for both sides.”

Mouse Threatening NM Ranching Family’s Livelihood

He explained, “I’d like the chance to prove to them that this business, this family business, has been running for more than 100 years, and I don’t know very many businesses that stay in business doing the wrong thing for 100 years.”

Lucero said that he hasn’t seen a meadow jumping mouse on the land and is asking the government to prove that they’re there.

“Saving the New Mexico jumping mouse and the streamside habitat is long overdue. When we protect this tiny animal, we’re also helping people, because we all rely on clean water for survival.” Jay Liniger, of the Center for Biological Diversity, said.

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