Two-Inch Fish Threat to Human Lives?
So says a conservative blogger on a website called Humanevents.com. She wrote that federal agents must leave their vehicles when chasing drug smugglers and illegal aliens and pursue them on foot through 40 acres near the Mexican border because the endangered desert pupfish (Sonoyta pupfish or Quitobaquito pupfish) lives in a pond there, and vehicles can’t be driven in their habitat. However, she either didn’t know the true situation, or was deliberately publishing misinformation because the pond where the desert pupfish lives is in an area that is only one acre, at Quitobaquito Springs (pictured above) in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.
Also, the area immediately around the pond is densely vegetated, including three species of trees living around it–meaning no vehicles could be driven there even if there wasn’t a law against doing anything that could harm the endangered pupfish. Additionally, it isn’t even an area where drug runners or illegal aliens typically travel in order to pursue their endeavors. Homeland Security spokesperson Victor Brabble said, “It is not considered a hot spot for illicit cross-border activities.” (Source: SCsun-news.com)
The conservative blogger then goes even much further with the disinformation, trying to link the protected one-acre pond area to an even more ludicrous claim–that environmental regulations are preventing proper law enforcement on millions of acres, “They say federal land managers are using environmental regulations to block the Border Patrol from accessing protected portions within 21 million acres on the southern border and 1,000 miles along the Canadian border.” (Source: Human Events)
Recognize the scare tactic? It should be easy to spot, as this case is one of the more obvious. The pupfish meanwhile is still endangered, and completely innocent in this mess of deliberate misinformation and fear mongering. The people who are protecting the one acre pond and the desert pupfish, are doing so because it is and endangered species that lives only there. Next up: conservatives will say the desert pupfish is causing jobs to be lost, and aiding drug dealers by making pond water accessible so they can drink while illegally hiking through the park.
Image Credit: Eric Edlund