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REGULATORS SHUT HANDICAPPED
WOMAN OUT OF HER HOME

The Taylor Story


John Taylor, an 80-year-old resident of Mount Vernon, Virginia, can not build a small modular home on his lot to accommodate his wheelchair-bound wife because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) says it harms a bald eagle nest located 90 feet away.

The FWS says it would allow Taylor to construct the home but only if he agrees to several onerous conditions: 1) Contribute money to a salmon restoration plan because eagles like to eat salmon; 2) Build two eagle platforms; 3) Contribute money to a bald eagle exhibit. In addition, Taylor would not be permitted to mow his lawn or allow children to play on his lot between the months of November and July.

"There are a dozen houses around that nest," said Taylor. "I don't know why my government singled me out - especially since I have done everything I can to protect that nest."

The FWS's demands are also questionable since the agency recently announced that the bald eagle is no longer endangered.

In March 1999, Taylor filed a lawsuit against the agency seeking just compensation for the loss of his property under the U.S. Constitution's Fifth Amendment.
Source: Defenders of Property Rights

 


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