DESERT TORTOISE STRUGGLES FOR SURVIVAL AGAINST UNLIKELY FOES APRIL 1988 - DEFENDERS OF WIL

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DESERT TORTOISE STRUGGLES FOR SURVIVAL AGAINST UNLIKELY FOES APRIL 1988 - DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE The desert tortoise that lives on the Utah/Arizona border, was listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife service in 1980, and has seen a 50% reduction in population since that time to about 150 individuals. Competition from livestock grazing is lowering nutrient availability and producing the decline. Despite these recent findings the Fish & Wildlife Service may be about to permit the B.L.M to increase grazing on the critical habitat of the Beaver Dam Slope area by issuing an opinion of "no-jeopardy" on the B.L.M.'s latest grazing plan. Fish and Wildlife a year earlier was about to issue a "jeopardy" finding, but bowed to political pressure. Concerned persons, please urge the Fish and Wildlife Service to save the Desert Tortoise by forbidding increased grazing in the critical Beaver Dam slope habitat of Utah. Ask that immediate steps be taken to ensure adequate forage for the desert tortoise. Write: Frank H. Dunkle Bob Ruesink Director Office of Endangered Species U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service USFWS Department of Interior 1745 W. 1700 S. C Street between 18th & 19th NW Salt Lake City, Utah 84104 Washington, D.C. 20240

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