University of New Mexico

Trump has long vowed to slash government. Now the knives are finally coming out.

Trump has long vowed to slash government. Now the knives are finally coming out.

The four muskrats last roamed free on Nov. 20, 1908, near Farmington, N.M., when Charles Birdseye trapped, skinned and delivered them to the nation's capital.

The naturalist would go on to become famous as the father of the frozen food industry. But on that fall day, Birdseye worked for one of the most prestigious scientific divisions in the U.S. government, a place now known as the Biological Survey Unit.

More than 100 years later, the historic division is targeted for closure, part of a sweeping budget-cutting campaign by the Trump administration. With lawmakers poised next month to approve new priorities for agency funding for the first time since the president took office,...

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