The Endangered Species Act has been called the strongest environmental law on the planet. It also has been called a lot of things we can't publish in a family newspaper.
The controversy and conflict that arises when an endangered species is found on private land has been a huge problem. Too many disagreements wind up in court because environmental interests feel a recovery plan is too weak and a private landowner feels unfairly burdened.
The shouting matches can be quite impassioned.