By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 at 7:19 am in Desert Tortoises.
Last year, more than 250 desert tortoises died after a disastrous attempt by the Army to relocate 600 of the imperiled tortoises to make way for a tank-warfare training area in the California desert. Now, the Army and the Bureau of Land Management are rushing forward with a plan to move over 1,000 more tortoises — and have given the public a tiny, 15-day window of opportunity to voice comments on this lethal proposal.
This misguided attempt at translocation will inflict a massive blow to the federally threatened desert tortoise population — we must demand a full review of impacts to the tortoise and its environment before any tortoises are moved. It’s a matter of life and death.
Please, write to the Bureau of Land Management today asking that they extend the deadline for public comment by 60 days and carry out a full environmental review, including a comprehensive “environmental impact statement,” before executing more of these deadly moves.
Click here to find out more and take action: http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2167/t/5243/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=27758
Center for Biological Diversity
I can’t stress enough how important it is for you to help save our last remaining endangered desert tortoises by acting on the above information. Thanks for caring. /Gary