There is a quiet war being waged in Washington right now. While many are preoccupied with budget fights and the next presidential election, the administration is slowly brewing up a concoction that, if implemented as planned, will give the federal government control of millions of acres of private property in this nation.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an agency within the Department of Interior, has proposed to add the dunes sagebrush lizard to its list of endangered species included in the Endangered Species Act. The lizard lives in the western part of the United States including New Mexico and some parts of West Texas where ranching and oil production takes place.

This is a major issue for the Texas beef industry because if the lizard is listed, much of the ranching land within the habitat range could be off limits to cattle