BLM killed hundreds of desert tortoises in 2013 as its conservation center ran out of money

Thanks to uninformedLuddite.

Kingsnake – August 25, 2013

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced it will kill hundreds of threatened desert tortoises it’s been caring for at a Nevada conservation facility. The slaughter is being blamed on a lack of funds by the agency.

Real estate developers in southern Nevada who wanted to disrupt the habitat of threatened desert tortoises to build their little enclaves of air conditioning and irrigation in the arid suburbs of Las Vegas have been able to do so — for a fee. And while at the height of the real estate boom those fees went a long way toward providing refuge for displaced tortoises, the real estate bust has seen the program implode.  

From the Washington Post:

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.

Read more here. And weep.

9 thoughts on “BLM killed hundreds of desert tortoises in 2013 as its conservation center ran out of money

  1. But, the BLM has got a couple of million that they’re spending on some cows right now in Clark County – this article sounds like the right is trying point out that the left doesn’t know what it’s doing –

    I wonder if those turtles would fit in my pet launcher 5000?

      1. But Henry, that was different: those kids they killed in Waco needed immediate saving from their terrible parents – who were speading vicious lies about our wonderful government.

        1. Janet,a hard core prosecutor in child molestation cases in Fl. as a ag,was lied to by the fibs so they could hit hard,said to her children being molested,as I have said before,watch frontlines Waco and Waco revisited for the story,was when frontline had guts and good journalists.The turtles are cool and cute,tipped over would help em out,a mrap for local cops tipped over,eh,just leave it on it’s back.

          1. James, I went futher than that – back when it was still smoking – I actually researched some of the transcripts on that case – It is my personal opinion that ms(?) Reno was a player on that deal from either malice or ignorance (possibly both).

          2. STFB,I actually in this case think janet lied to and she actually believed,that said,she prosecuted and somehow convicted folks was later proven ag office and perhaps her knew were innocent,office members knew for sure,lets face it,janet needs to be removed from society as a enemy/parasite.

        2. Our wonderful government? I hope you were kidding about that! There is nothing wonderful about a government that allows a president free rein, that is asking for SOCIOLISM, communism, period! We the people built this country to what it is and we cannot allow someone as evil as Obama and his bosses, the elites to take that away or destroy it, period!!

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