Desert Tortoise Conservation Center's plan to euthanize hundreds of the tortoises in Nevada by 2014.Submitted by yogmama on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 01:47
According to an article dated 8/25/13, in the Las Vegas Huffington Post, because of a lack of Federal funding the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center can no longer care for the turtles that they've been caring for since the animals were added to the endangered species list in 1990 and, as a result, "...Officials expect to euthanize more than half the animals in the coming months in preparation for closure at the end of 2014." "...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 that they've been caring for since the animals were added to the endangered species list in 1990, according to the article.
How does allegedly killing/burying (with or without a court order) and/or selling Mr. Bundy's cattle now save the tortoise from extinction in the Nevada desert when they, the the FEDs, won't help preserve the turtles anymore--maybe even up to a thousand or more of the 1,400 turtles they've been caring for--when they won't release the funds necessary to keep them off that endangered species list for their preservation??
And to add insult to real injury, how much money $$ is it really costing the FEDs to have the reportedly observed 100+ Bureau of Land Management officers there in full-on battle gear driving around in $80,000--maybe even $100,000.00 fully outfitted battle field-type vehicles--to protect the turtles from Mr. Bundy's cattle, anyway? I mean, if the turtles are so important to the FED's, then why don't they use the money they're spending on the BLM to save the poor endangered creatures instead, and not kill-off or sell-off Mr. Bundy's cattle--themselves being poor creatures caught in the middle. It seems like there is something more happening here that has little to do with keeping the turtles off the endangered species list, but has more to do with an extreme display of lethal power to intimidate instead of mitigate.
*Newly added (4/10/14 9:50 Pacific): Just heard Mr. Bundy's son say that he has discovered that the BLM is tearing out the water pipes that were part of their original homestead, put there as part of the original water rights that they use now to water their cattle. Sorry, but as I am typing this, Mr. Bundy, Jr. is still being interviewed on Info Wars so I have no link. Check the info War web site later for confirmation.
*2006 - "Geologists think there could be billions of gallons of oil under Nevada's deserts." - CBS 8, KLAS LV., NV http://www.8newsnow.com/story/4877010/nevadas-hidden-treasur....