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Arizona Spends 1.25 Million USD on Squirrel Bridge

Updated on June 29, 2010

Arizona to Spend $1.25 Million to build a bridge for squirrels

If I hadn't thought I'd seen it all this year, Arizona made it back up to my top of the list with this latest brilliant squandering of money. Now, I am all about saving animals and am 100% dedicated to protecting animals and endangered species, but spending $1.25 million dollars on a rope bridge to save squirrels is a bit ridiculous in my opinion.

Now, before people get all PETA on me and say even one animal's life is worth that much, what about sending the money to save thousands of animals in the gulf coast with the BP oil spill or to help feed homeless or save animals in animal shelters in Arizona. Reported by ABC news yesterday, they are installing 41 rope bridges, camera monitoring of them and the rest on a project to further monitor them. The total expected benefit for the $1.25 million dollar spend is to save 5 squirrels a year. Yes you read that correctly. According to ABC, $1.25 million dollars to save only 5 squirrels per year. I even attached part of a screen shot to show that this was from an ABC news page that was published on June 17th even though today is the 18th.

So why are these squirrels so important that we should have to pay $1.25 million for rope bridges. Well they were supposed to be extinct, but all of the sudden they found a small group of either 250 or 500 of the Rare Red Squirrels. What I have to ask myself though is why not just scoop up 50 or 100 of the remaining squirrels and start a breeding program. You'd have to think that breeding these red squirrels would be easy, their counterparts breed like crazy and can be found in almost every major city and suburb or even woods that I have been in. I don't see why they can't just provide an ideal breeding ground for them, breed them and then release them out into the wild to increase the population.

There is probably a reason why they cannot just breed them and then release them, but to me this sounds absolutely insane and a complete waste of $1.25 million to save a whopping 5 squirrels a year.


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