Skip to comments.Desert Tortoise Conservation Center to euthanize hundreds of the tortoises ( endangered species )
Posted on 08/29/2013 1:10:59 PM PDT by george76
Its been protected from meddlesome hikers by the threat of prison time. But the pampered desert dweller now faces a threat from the very people who have nurtured it as BLM closes Vegas rescue center.
LAS VEGAS For decades, the vulnerable desert tortoise has led a sheltered existence. Developers have taken pains to keep the animal safe. Its been protected from meddlesome hikers by the threat of prison time. And wildlife officials have set the species up on a sprawling conservation reserve outside Las Vegas.
But the pampered desert dweller now faces a threat from the very people who have nurtured it. Federal funds are running out at the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center and officials plan to close the site and euthanize hundreds of the tortoises theyve been caring for since the animals were added to the endangered species list in 1990.
Its the lesser of two evils, but its 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.
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Is there some reason they can’t be released back to the desert?
Why don’t they just dump the things into their own natural habitat?
Other animals gotta eat too...
Why don’t they adopt them out, like they do the wild horses?
I’m from the gov’ment and here to help!
The government killing another endangered species.
Worse than Green windmills killing endangered species like Eagles ?
ht : SierraWasp
They could also offer them to zoos around the world, so other countries citizens can see and learn about them.
here’s an idea, release them back into the desert.
because then the agency will lose its hostages? They came from the desert so they can go back and mother nature will do the rest.
“...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 centers $1 million annual budget.”
An almost perfect metaphor for the democrat party. And we’re the turtles....
Well, seeing that the adoption-rate for wild horses probably approaches 1%, I suppose the government could shoot for an adoption-rate of 0.01% for tortoises.
Turtle soup anyone?
“Why dont they adopt them out, like they do the wild horses?”
I tried to rescue some tortious eggs. I was informed by the local zoo where they take endangered animals that they couldn’t possibly be tortious eggs. If they were they’d have to report me and I’d be fined $10,000 and possibly spend (I think)five years in jail. I asked what to do with the eggs and he suggested an omelet. Finally, he told me to bring them at 3:00 and drop them off anonymously as the woman at the desk wouldn’t know a tortious egg from a Faberge egg.
To handle endangered species takes a special license and certification from the state and feds.
Those wacky Leftists....
Kind of like those ASPCA animal “shelters” that kill....
Just raise taxes, right? That will work. Frankly, I am stunned that Harry Reid hasn’t seen to it that the funding was continued through some pork paragraph attached to some useless legislation before now.
A hundred tortoises, a hundred times the penalty of one...
There’s a sudden Vegas demand for Tortoise soup? Is there some large liberal convention coming up?
I wonder how many hundreds of millions of dollars these desert tortoises they’re about to kill have cost businesses, taxpayers, the EPA and enviros in lawsuits over the years?
I don't know why the turtles can't be released but I suspect they have collected so many that most could not survive. The turtles would have been better off if the government hadn't meddled in the first place.
You betcha. Especially if Shelby Stanga finds out they’re gonna be kilt.
As the casinos don't have an interest in it though that isn't what they are planning to do.
Why don’t we reduce welfare so-called “benefits” for the looter class and save the tortoises? The tortoises are at least kind of... well, not cute, exactly, but not downright ugly, right?
As for this euthanasia proposal, I've never heard of such gall. These extortionists disgust me. But it's so typical.
Seeing that a tortoise isn’t a horse and doesn’t even eat for 5 months out of the year, more people might be inclined to own one.
What do you care anyway?
Thanks for that info. Don’t understand why the different policies between the states but they may not either:)
It is hard to understand the whole euthanasia thing after all the years disruption that’s been caused.
It can be done.
This problem exposes the communist structure of the environmental laws.
Bureaucrat created law trumping common sense and the will of the people.
Cue the National Lampoon “Buy this magazine or we’ll shoot this dog” cover.
Or one of PBS’s “Cut our funding by a single cent and we’ll cancel Sesame Street” press releases.
Now why this sanctuary in Nevada is not encouraging adoption is baffling. I don't get it.
“Bureaucrat created law trumping common sense and the will of the people.”
I was interviewing (for an artcle) the president of what was then the fifth largest home builder in the country. He said that if they discovered an eagle’s nest all work had to stop. He was spending half a million a week and an eagle’s nest on his several hundred acre development it would cause him to go bankrupt. He could figure when to the day. That would cost not only his multi-generation company but 500 direct jobs and thousands of indirect jobs. So, (and he said he’d never done this) over a weekend somebody would cut down the tree and kill the eagle and he’d pay the (I think) $15,000 fine. It was either that or go bankrupt. He called the environmental laws “well intentioned insanity.”
The reason they were endangered is that their preditors, the Bald Eagles and the Condors were eating all the tortoises while they were under the protection of the govermint due to them being threatened by DDT!!!
Meanwhile, multi-millions of tax dollars and uncountable losses in business dollars have suffered through exercices in futility called MITIGATION!!! (enforced on legitimate business losing the "War On The WEST!")
Cain't you guys rememmer any of this stuff suffocating both naychur and our economy? Of course you can!!!
Thanks for posting this artickle Mr. George76, thank you very much.
I know at least three large ranches making money on warehousing "wild horses"....It's a joke. I don't blame the ranches....I blame our STUPID FED'S....!!
We are totally stupid to let this happen..
Back in the day, some desert homesteaders rescued the tortoises on their own.
Then that was made illegal.
These laws are not ‘well intentioned’.
They are the outcome of the desire by certain forces working within our country to outlaw private property by individual citizens, as well as freedom to make decisions about your property and then do them.
The environmental movement- or green movement- is the child of nazi socialism. I say this because the nazi party in germany, in the late 1960’s changed their name from the nazi party to the green party because the word nazi was so off-putting to people.
But, no matter how you apply the lipstick, a pig is still a pig.
Please remember, our ancestors realized property is power, and owning property can give you wealth and standing in the community. That is why so many Americans settled Texas and the West— to own property.
It is the reason private property is the enemy of the environmental socialists. It is why so much of the country is now under control of local, state or federal governments— all the greenbelts, parks you can’t get to because the roads are closed, beaches where humans are banned from setting foot, and blm lands that are being set up as national monuments to keep private individuals from ranching, mining, fishing or logging them.
“It is the reason private property is the enemy of the environmental socialists. It is why so much of the country is now under control of local, state or federal governments all the greenbelts, parks you cant get to because the roads are closed, beaches where humans are banned from setting foot, and blm lands that are being set up as national monuments to keep private individuals from ranching, mining, fishing or logging them.”
I’m hoping the pendulum will fall the other way and all this goes away. The county to the south of me is 95% government land. It hasn’t advanced economically in decades. If the land was open it would be a gold mine.
Soylent Green is Desert Tortoise ! It’s Desert Tortoise !
IIRC, the Vegas to Barstow race was shut down over these critters.
It’s not difficult to understand why the government would simply kill them all rather than release them or adopt them out. It’s a straightforward hostage situation:
“Restore our funding through other means, or we’ll kill the hostages.”
They’ll probably start by killing them a few at a time to see if new funding appears.
Yes, I believe the tortoise ended the off road races. It was also responsible for delaying the expansion of the Ft. Irwin National Training Center outside Barstow for years.
If it’s not the desert tortoise, what is Reid’s corrupt BLM protecting?
The issue is never the issue: the real issue has nothing to do with bio - diversity ...
<< what is Reids corrupt BLM protecting ? >>
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“I tried to rescue some tortious eggs.”
I never suspected that attorneys lay eggs.
That looks like the same thing I used to find every day when I was a kid and I danged sure didn’t live in a desert, there ain’t too many deserts in South Carolina.
No. But that would get in the way of the orders to euthanize them. In the Era of Hope and Change, orders are orders. And the BLM is, uh, just following orders. *shrug*
Are these the ones they ‘relocated’ for the big solar project they were whooping it up about?
desert tortoise recovery coordinator Roy Averill-? They created a job for that?
They had to destroy the tortoise in order to save it.