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.
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