From the files of misplaced priorities comes another story, this also involving DNR. Indiana taxpayers are paying $500,000 for a DNR program to breed the Allegheny woodrats at Purdue University and to import those rats from Kentucky and Tennessee. The concern is that these rats are going extinct. The plan is to release the rats into the wild so Indiana can replenish the state's rat population. I'm sure those rats will find their way into people's homes eventually.
Anyone who knows the history of this planet knows that animal species have been going extinct since the first animal appeared. So now our job is to prevent nature from taking its course? I can understand bald eagles and bison, but rats? Surely we should draw the line somewhere. I would draw it at vermin.