It's starting to sound like something out of a Hollywood B movie, reports from as early as 1897 until now on the giant Palouse earth worm have it being anywhere from three feet long, white and prone to spit, (that's the 1897 version), to shy and rarely seen over the past one hundred years. Here in steps the environmentalists who would like to see the giant Palouse earth worm put on the endangered species list that is if they could find one. On one of the last confirmed sightings of this great white worm in 2005 it was cut in half as an environmental researcher tried to dig a hole in order to record the elusive worm's movement and location. So much for preservation. What farmers and ranchers don't need is another species put on the endangered species list, especially one that supposedly lives sixteen or more feet underground and is seen maybe once every thirty to fifty years! The probable result of the giant Palouse earth worm being put on the endangered species list will be its demise, due to environmentalists trying to find it in order to protect it. This giant worm has done just fine on its own over the last several hundred years, leave it well enough alone.