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The federal government has revealed plans to shut down the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center in Nevada. This is an unsettling move that would require the removal and relocation of up to 1,400 captive desert tortoises into wild tortoise populations.

The concern is desert tortoises held in captivity are usually not equipped to survive in the wild. This also puts the wild, healthy desert tortoises at risk — as the captive population can bring disease, become a competing source for food and shelter, and attract predators.

Desert tortoises once roamed across the deserts of the Southwestern United States. In recent years, some estimates show their population has plummeted by as much as 90 percent, due to poaching, disease and habitat destruction.

Because of this rapid population decline, the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center has served an important role as a place where America's displaced and injured desert tortoises could be cared for in a secure environment.

Act now! Urge Interior Secretary Jewell to help prevent a catastrophe for these threatened animals – and find a way to keep this center open.

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Dear Secretary Jewell,

Please direct the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to keep the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center near Las Vegas, NV open and operational for the well-being of the 1,400 threatened desert tortoises currently held there in captivity. Your agency plans to close the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center at the end of 2014 due to a reported lack of funding.

Please direct the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to stop releasing captive desert tortoises currently held at the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center into the wild. The FWS plans to remove all desert tortoises at the Conservation Center by the time it is scheduled to close at the end of 2014.

The BLM is responsible for operating the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center and the current operating budget is approximately $1 million annually. Your agency claims it can no longer provide funding to keep the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center open.

I am writing to urge you to allocate sufficient funding to maintain and operate the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center so that threatened desert tortoises held there are properly cared for and not relocated to the wild by the FWS. The BLM and FWS should also seek funding from Clark County, NV, a partner agency having an interest in the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center.

Desert tortoises at the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center should not be the victims of poor budgeting and planning by the agencies.

Thank you for your consideration.

Petition Signatures


Oct 1, 2014 Kimberly Gonzalez
Oct 1, 2014 Ruth Limeburner
Oct 1, 2014 ron Patterson
Oct 1, 2014 Carolyn Motzer
Oct 1, 2014 Susan McMahon
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Oct 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 1, 2014 Sandrine Marten
Oct 1, 2014 Angela Parker
Oct 1, 2014 M G
Oct 1, 2014 shantal ochoa
Oct 1, 2014 Maria Martins
Oct 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 1, 2014 Teresa Jones
Oct 1, 2014 linda satter
Oct 1, 2014 Megan Greenwood
Oct 1, 2014 Sandy Woosley
Oct 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 1, 2014 Judy Greenfield
Oct 1, 2014 Yvonne Penner
Oct 1, 2014 Andie Hellem
Oct 1, 2014 Marek Pierzchal
Oct 1, 2014 Noreen Weber
Oct 1, 2014 Tallulah P
Oct 1, 2014 carolyn SIM
Oct 1, 2014 Dianna Grelle
Oct 1, 2014 (Name not displayed) Humans caused the problem; we should fix it. It would be shameful to further jeopardize this innocent creature.
Oct 1, 2014 ANNE HOUSE
Oct 1, 2014 Barrbara Waite We should be cherishing the earth instead of killing it
Oct 1, 2014 Vicki Muncie
Oct 1, 2014 C. Castro
Oct 1, 2014 Kim Mills
Oct 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 1, 2014 Melissa Wilson Protect the desert tortoises in captivity.
Oct 1, 2014 Carolyn Simmons
Oct 1, 2014 kristin schröter
Oct 1, 2014 panayota vounnou
Oct 1, 2014 Bianka Charbonneau
Oct 1, 2014 Donna Brennand
Oct 1, 2014 Ann Lawrence Please--someone step up and remove BLM from taking care of any wild animals--they are a kill-it agency--look what they have done to the wild horses. I wouldn't entrust a snail to their care. Poor tortoises. Defund BLM.
Oct 1, 2014 Sandra Serazio
Oct 1, 2014 Sarah Rowan
Oct 1, 2014 Andrea Parr
Oct 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 1, 2014 Jill Ryan
Oct 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 1, 2014 Nancy Billings
Oct 1, 2014 Sue Mitchell
Oct 1, 2014 Kirsten Wolner
Oct 1, 2014 lil fecek

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