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Feds Give Arizona $1.25 Million to Build… Squirrel Bridges

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By Doug Powers  •  June 17, 2010 03:54 PM

**Written by guest-blogger Doug Powers

Since Arizona’s border is secure and the drug violence has all but vanished, the federal government can now give the state money for other things:

Arizona is spending $1.25 million to build bridges for endangered squirrels over a mountain road so they don’t become roadkill and then monitor their health.

Arizona is spending $1.25 million to build bridges for 250 rare red squirrels so they won’t get hit by cars crossing the rural road. The money is being spent, officials said, because cars kill about five of these squirrels each year.

While most suburbanites may be baffled why anyone would protect a pesky squirrel, these are Mount Graham red squirrels, a breed once thought to be extinct. Only 250 of them are known to live near the top of Mount Graham.

The money is from a Federal Highway Administration grant. I’d imagine that any fraction of the “Bridge to Nutwhere” money that Arizona doesn’t spend will be returned to the federal government and put into a fund that will be used to sue them over the immigration law.

At least when drug cartels take over the entire state, the squirrels will have an escape route.

Priorities.

**Written by guest-blogger Doug Powers

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