An Inclusive Litany

5/8/00

An elderly couple living in Mount Vernon, Virginia, were prevented by the Fish and Wildlife Service from building a small, wheelchair-accessible home on their property because it may have posed a risk to a bald eagle's nest 90 feet away. The agency eventually ruled that construction could commence, but only after the couple agreed to contribute money to salmon restoration (because the eagles eat salmon, though there are no salmon in the Potomac River) and a bald eagle exhibit, construct two eagle platforms on their property, and agree never to mow their lawn or permit children to play there.

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