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Endangered Eyeless Spider Indefinitely Delays $15M Texas Highway Project

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Photo of the Braken Bat Cave meshweaver. (credit: Dr. Jean K. Krejca, Zara Environmental, LLC)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (CBS Houston) — An endangered eyeless spider is holding up a $15 million Texas highway project.

Construction of the highway underpass project on Texas 151 was indefinitely delayed after a biologist consultant with the Texas Department of Transportation discovered the Braken Bat Cave meshweaver, according to San Antonio Express-News.

The Express-News reports the spider, which is about the size of a dime, was added to the endangered species list 12 years ago.

Dr Jean Krejca of Zara Environmental told the paper the finding of this spider is like ”stumbling on a new Galapagos Island.”

Department spokesperson Josh Donat says it’s just now a wait-and-see plan on what to do.

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[SNIP] From the comment section:

“Then it should be forever preserved in concrete.”

 

» 26 Comments

  1. the aardvark

    September 12th, 2012

    Does the spider know that its endangered? If it can’t see how does it get around? Does it have a seeing eye ant to help it or does the ADAFES (American Disability Act For Endangerd Spiders) Act provide it with a proper lawyer to sue on its behalf. We live in very strange times people, spiders and other critters have rights but unborn children have none. Personally I think they should just squash all these spiders under the heel of the construction workers boots. Problem solved.

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  2. FreeMan & Sarah on Vacation

    September 12th, 2012

    Why stop? The place will still look the same to the spider.

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  3. Abby Normal Dude

    September 12th, 2012

    Why doesn’t it ever occur to those people that they might be endangered for a reason? Let nature take it’s course a kiss it’s little spidery ass goodbye

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  4. Stirrin the B.S.

    September 12th, 2012

    Another reason why the EPA needs to be abolished.

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  5. Toaster

    September 12th, 2012

    Speaking of bugs, the Libs seem to be descending on Texas like locusts. I hope Texas doesn’t go the way of Colorado, especially since I was planning to move to Texas

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  6. BigSlurpy

    September 12th, 2012

    Just go smush it.

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  7. Death_By-Farts

    September 12th, 2012

    Do you seriously think the spider even knows or cares if he’s a member of the ES club??
    All he cares about is his next meal, not taking bows for special recognition.

    Scoop him into a bowl, trot a few feet away from the work area, and set him free into the grass or rocks.
    He’ll not only be fine, but probably grateful that we left him the fuck alone instead of capturing and studying him.

    Problem solved.

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  8. Carlos The Jackal

    September 12th, 2012

    PETA’s next project: Seeing eye aphids for eyeless spiders?

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  9. MM

    September 12th, 2012

    “wait and see plan”

    What a cruel joke.

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  10. Death_By-Farts

    September 12th, 2012

    Oh, and HOW the Hell did this get discovered?? Was the workman who found the little guy just happen to be an expert in the recognition of endangered spiders???

    Did he stop digging just because he saw the spider and said “Hey guys I found a cool looking spider! We’d better report it to the EPA right now!”

    OR…Do all Texas work sites require a spider expert on site at all times during construction??

    Solution: Smash him, or move him, and get back to work!

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  11. scr_north

    September 12th, 2012

    Geez, just give each spider a tiny little cane and a tiny, tiny seeing eye mite. Then let them apply for a social security pension and build a tiny government run condo for them. There, problem solved.

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  12. Johnny Freedom

    September 12th, 2012

    You ought to see the hole they gouged out through limestone to get to the karst where they found the spider. They’re already over their 15 million dollar budget (of course).

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  13. Cynic

    September 12th, 2012

    I have had a number of my own projects derailed because of the needs of the one eyed-trouser snake.

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  14. Left Coast Dan

    September 12th, 2012

    I think Death-By-Farts has the right idea, and an unforgettable name.

    What we’re missing is that someone went looking for anything – anything they could find – that would hold up construction. This didn’t happen completely by chance, someone who had an interest in stopping the construction worked hard to make it happen. Whether it was for competitive reasons, to avoid pollution (of any sort) or some uber-environmentalist, there was a motive.

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  15. Webonot

    September 12th, 2012

    I am not impressed…… Where’s the bug spray?

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  16. FreeMan & Sarah on Vacation

    September 12th, 2012

    Shouldn’t this thing be on disability and move to DC where the rest of them are?

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  17. FreeMan & Sarah on Vacation

    September 12th, 2012

    Or how about an eyeless spider crossing sign?

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  18. Corona

    September 12th, 2012

    “The 4-eyes with the big nose? You don’t need friends like that.”

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  19. Chuck U Farley

    September 12th, 2012

    WTF is a ‘bat cave’ spider doing out in the middle of nowhere?

    “Back the the Bat Cave, Robin!”

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  20. Stranded in Sonoma

    September 13th, 2012

    A while ago in the City of Sebastopol CA, about a 10 minute drive from my home, a building contractor was putting in some new houses. One of the people living next to the project went ape and tried to stop it. But the contractor had jumped through every hoop required of him and he started building.

    Then one morning, while on his daily jog, the neighbor “spotted” an endangered plant. Yes, an endangered plant. STOP THE PRESSES or THE SHOVELS! There was a big explosion over this and the neighbor was telling anyone who would listen that the contractor didn’t care about the safety of plant life and well-being of the planet.

    Then someone familiar with that species of plant said that that location for the plant was wrong. That is not its typical habitat or range. It should NEVER have been found there. In other words, it was a planted plant.

    The neighbor, being caught with his plants down, had to admit that the entire episode was ginned up by himself to stop the project. Even Rush spoke about it on his show.

    Yes, I’m bringing this up because this story in Texas sounds like a frame job. I would check on the range of the spider and see if this location is its normal habitat. It may be, but if it isn’t, I’d cry foul and just restart the project without waiting for approval.

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  21. ovah heah

    September 13th, 2012

    hey whaddya think some of those little bastards show up somewhere around those oil rigs that are they got working there in Texas

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  22. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    September 13th, 2012

    Yet another reason to vote for Romney, though he hasn’t EXACTLY said he’ll cancel Nixon’s executive order that created the EPA.

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  23. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    September 13th, 2012

    Rick Perry ought to just jump in and issue an executive order of his own. Hasn’t he already put the EPA on notice?

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  24. Joe

    September 13th, 2012

    I’d just like to add that there are 45,000 different species of spiders and they all live in Alabama and Texas. Getting rid of that blind one ain’t gonna make much difference.

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  25. muddjuice (Absolutist)

    September 13th, 2012

    If you are the one type of spider born without eyes then you deserve extinction. Or, prove evolution right and develop sonar like a bat……

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  26. Emily Litella

    September 13th, 2012

    “What’s all this I hear about endangered feces?”

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