April 2010 

Take Stock In Nature

The city’s Animal Control Division has been working with the county on the Desert Tortoise plan. They urge residents to take stock in nature and protect our desert species.

Here is some information from the Desert Conservation Program on protecting the desert tortoise:

The desert tortoise (scientific name: Gopherus agassizii) is a native of the Mojave Desert, where we also live. It is Nevada’s state reptile and is listed as a threatened species, protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act and Nevada Revised Statute. Wild desert tortoise populations have declined due to habitat degradation and fragmentation and also from the direct loss of individual tortoises due to human activities such as poaching, collecting for pets, vehicular impact and predator encroachment. It is against federal law to collect a wild desert tortoise in the Mojave Desert without a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. If you find a tortoise in the wild, let it be wild. For more information visit the city's Web site.

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