US Army Seeking To Relocate 1,100 Tortoises From Cali Desert Causes Outrage

August 6, 2009

California (ChattahBox) – Conservationists have begun protesting a proposal by the US Army that would relocated 1,100 endangered tortoises from the Mojave Desert, the largest animal relocation in American history.

The tortoises have been relocated in the past due to coyote attacks that left many of their number dead, but the number back then was nowhere near the more than thousand that would be shifted if the request is approved by the Bureau of Land Management.

The move has alarmed many animal advocates, who say that the last move of the tortoises led to many deaths, as the tortoises tried to make it back to their natural habitat.

“Every time the animals recognize that they don’t know where they are, they have some built-in mechanism that tells them to head for home and they make a break for home,” Center for Biological Diversity researcher, Ileene Anderson, explained in an LA Times interview.

The request is open to public opinion for the next two weeks.


One Response to “US Army Seeking To Relocate 1,100 Tortoises From Cali Desert Causes Outrage”

  1. C.M. on August 7th, 2009 12:09 am

    So, the U.S. Army tries to appease the environmentalists by expending great effort to move tortoises to safety, but get bashed anyway?

    Why are they moving them at all? Leave them there, and if the environmentalists think it is too dangerous for the tortoises to be surrounded by training ranges, let them move the creatures themselves instead of spending taxpayer money.

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