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Steady Decline for Desert Tortoises in Utah

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Dawna Rav
- 3668 days ago -
Due to draught and disease the population of desert tortoise in Utah is steadily declining. The population has dwindled from 3200 to now 1700. This unfortunate for a once abundant creature and icon of the desert, a Prehistoric symbol for native people.

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Gayle M (444)
Friday May 30, 2008, 12:47 pm
The Mohave & Sonoran desert torti have lost so much habitat to growth, ATVs & offroading as well as the drought. These animals used to live over 100 years each, now they are endangered without a viable way to reproduce more rapidly than normally, we could lose a wonderful member of our eco-system!

Dawna Raven Sky Zimbalist (261)
Friday May 30, 2008, 1:02 pm
Yes lady Gayle this disheartens me very much. My cousin way back in the 70's she is a Wildlife Biologist studied the Desert Tortoise when they had better numbers. These are Icons like no others. ATV's have to go, and the offroading is so invasive.. people only seem to care about their personal pleasure and not about the world around them which is theres too.

Nick Kelley (0)
Sunday June 1, 2008, 1:43 pm
I know that thay are precious creatures, because one addopted me. i live in the arizona desert, which was torn to peices just to put up houses. I had one that got under a car, and I took him to a safe place to get him away from construction. They are smart, he returned, they are diggers cause he doug under my block wall and got into the back yard. lots of repair, but one in he loves it. since then he has a 100 foot by 75 foot area that is all his. Ocaisionally i let my dogs check him out, or vise versa. they just think he is one of them, and a bit strange though. people dont realize that they want attention too. they really want to be the life of the party. The reason of this comment is i am blessed, but unfortunately by feeding him and taking care of him the animal controll does not want him because he may have contracted a deseise. sp, sorry. well i don't know how to post a pict, but he is part of our life here. he is more than a foot wide, and does his own thing, we have read up on his habits, and help him in every way possible. he just loves red grapes, but that is a treat. he would eat tons of them, but he has to get his vitamins too. I think it is a big area for him and wish he had a companion, but sherman seems to be happy. did you know that they wag their tail like a dog? i don't know it that means they are happy, but hope so. and be careful. They can bite through a frozen grape. i hope that this helps in the survival of the desert tourtous. This one is so protected that he is spoiled. I do remind every one that we tried to send he to the rigt home but we were told to keep him. we have no license, just love. he is very protected. thanks for your ear for just a few minutes, but had to comment.bless you all. and this one is protected. nick

Dawna Raven Sky Zimbalist (261)
Sunday June 1, 2008, 3:45 pm
thanks Nick for your comment, I know how you feel. Our hearts our compelled to help them and take care of them, unfortunately that interference can also be a hinderence... Thanks again...
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