Rare mouse a focus of land dispute

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A dispute over federal land in the state is getting more attention because of a rare mouse.

The battle began when the feds limited access to a spring in southern New Mexico for habitat preservation.

Now officials say they may fence off even more land for the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse. But ranchers say limiting access to water and grazing is bad for their herds.

Officials say they will try to consider all options before they set up more fences.

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