*This population of the desert tortoise was listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
I received this urgent message in an email from Tortoise Rescue in Malibu, CA about sanctioned Tortoise killings in Nevada…(Be sure to read through to the end–then pick up the phone and your keyboard!)
“Federal funds are running out at the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center so BLM (Bureau of Land Management) plans to close the (Nevada) site and euthanize any new desert tortoises even though they are on the endangered species list. This is so despicable…” wrote Susan Tellem, American Tortoise Rescue.
They need your HELP urgently–reaching out to those who can help stop this. (Read on.)
*”Federal funds are running out at the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center and officials plan to close the site and euthanize hundreds of the tortoises they’ve been caring for since the animals were added to the endangered species list in 1990.
“It’s the lesser of two evils, but it’s still evil,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service desert tortoise recovery coordinator Roy Averill-Murray during a visit to the soon-to-be-shuttered reserve at the southern edge of the Las Vegas Valley last week.
The Bureau of Land Management has paid for the holding and research facility with fees imposed on developers who disturb tortoise habitat on public land. As the housing boom swept through southern Nevada in the 2000s, the tortoise budget swelled. But when the recession hit, the housing market contracted, and the bureau and its local government partners began struggling to meet the center’s $1 million annual budget. More....