It’s back to the drawing board for ranchers and homebuilders who challenged, and failed, to overturn the endangered species listing of the damn Preble’s meadow jumping mouse.

This is what has become of the so-called protective listing — it’s been reduced from protecting legitimate, endangered species, and is instead being used as a weapon to stop the production of food and building of homes because of a rodent.

That damn mouse isn’t even a species. It’s a subspecies. And it’s not even endangered. It’s protected as “threatened” in case it ever, maybe, becomes endangered because humans inhabit the planet.

The law is a tool for environmentalists, and it’s being abused in the case of that damn mouse.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently ruled against ranchers and homebuilders, who with the help of the Pacific Legal Foundation, are challenging the listing.

People lost, because they didn’t have enough evidence to prove the damn mouse was a subspecies of a subspecies instead of a distinct subspecies. Either way, it’s still a subspecies, and the name of the law is the Endangered Species Act, not the Might-Be-Threatened Subspecies Act.

This is yet another example of why lawmakers need to overhaul the outdated and much-abused-by-environmentalists law. It’s a joke.