Owner's Response To Govt. Request To Access Property To Count Yellow-Legged Frogs Is Priceless
June 13, 2016
A couple in Oregon received a formal request from the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife last month for permission to survey the creek that runs through their property to look for the foothill yellow-legged frog (Rana boylii).
Larry and Amanda Anderson
The Anderson's had a priceless response to this government request.
Larry and Amanda Anderson, the owners of the property were seemingly amused that the government would send a letter requesting permission to access the property, so they sent a letter back to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Except they wrote their response in a similar manner that the hunting and fishing regulations of virtually every state in the nation is written, using government speak.
According to TheBlaze, the Anderson’s gave permission for the state to enter their property to survey the creek, but they included several provisions and fees that the state would have to comply with, essentially turning the tables on the state. The letter’s text is below.
Dear Mr. Niemela:
Thank you for your inquiry regarding accessing our property to survey for the yellow-legged frog. We may be able to help you out with this matter.
We have divided our 2.26 acres into 75 equal survey units with a draw tag for each unit. Application fees are only $8.00 per unit after you purchase the “Frog Survey License” ($120.00 resident / $180.00 Non-Resident). You will also need to obtain a “Frog Habitat” parking permit ($10.00 per vehicle). You will also need an “Invasive Species” stamp ($15.00 for the first vehicle and $5.00 for each add’l vehicle) You will also want to register at the Check Station to have your vehicle inspected for non-native plant life prior to entering our property. There is also a Day Use fee, $5.00 per vehicle.
If you are successful in the Draw you will be notified two weeks in advance so you can make necessary plans and purchase your “Creek Habitat” stamp. ($18.00 Resident / $140.00 Non-Resident). Survey units open between 8am and 3pm but you cannot commence survey until 9am and must cease all survey activity by 1pm.
Survey Gear can only include a net with a 2″ diameter made of 100% organic cotton netting with no longer than an 18″ handle, non-weighted and no deeper than 6′ from net frame to bottom of net. Handles can only be made of BPA-free plastics or wooden handles. After 1pm you can use a net with a 3″ diameter if you purchase the “Frog Net Endorsement” ($75.00 Resident / $250 Non-Resident). Any frogs captured that are released will need to be released with an approved release device back into the environment unharmed.
As of June 1, we are offering draw tags for our “Premium Survey” units and application is again only $8.00 per application. However, all fees can be waives if you can verify “Native Indian Tribal rights and status.
You will also need to provide evidence of successful completion of “Frog Surveys and You” comprehensive course on frog identification, safe handling practices, and self-defense strategies for frog attacks. This course is offered online through an accredited program for a nominal fee of $750.00.
Please let us know if we can be of assistance to you. Otherwise, we decline access to our property but appreciate your inquiry.
Larry & Amanda Anderson
Larry & Amanda Anderson
Here is the original letter sent to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Larry Anderson told TheBlaze that their response was “all meant to be fun.” The government official on the receiving end of the fun letter, Steve Niemela of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, has not yet responded.