Protect the Mojave Desert Tortoise from Extinction

Target: Eric Sklar, President, CA Fish and Game Commission

Goal: Protect the Mojave Desert tortoise from extinction before it disappears from the California desert forever.

The population of the Mojave Desert tortoise has fallen by over 50 percent. The species has been granted temporary protection while the California Fish and Game Commission decides whether the species warrants more permanent preservation measures.

The dangers facing the tortoise are not “temporary.” Urban development, mining, hunting, predators, military endeavors, vehicles, and disease have ravaged the tortoise population. In some areas, it has decreased by over 90 percent. Baby tortoises are especially vulnerable because they lack the durable and protective shells of their elders. Meanwhile, female tortoises are struggling to lay their eggs as global warming rises desert temperatures higher than even their bodies can handle.

As we can see, these dangers are not going away anytime soon. Instead, it must be left up to us to put in place permanent protections that can help ward off these threats. Sign the petition to ask the state of California to enact permanent endangered species protections for the Mojave Desert tortoise.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Sklar,

The Mojave Desert tortoise has seen its population decrease by over 50 percent. Some areas have seen small populations fall by as much as 90 percent. You have taken an admirable step in granting temporary protections as you consider a more permanent solution.

However, the dangers facing the tortoise, dangers that include global warming, disease, development, and hunting, are not temporary. I ask that you enact a permanent solution immediately. Time is running out for this unique desert tortoise.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Pacific Southwest Region USFWS

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6 Comments

  1. WE ARE MAKING MORE AND MORE SPECIES EXTINCT EACH YEAR . ONCE WE HAVE EXTERMINATED A SPECIES WE HAVE NO WAY TO BRING THEM BACK. WE ALSO LEAVE FUTURE GENERATIONS UNABLE TO EXPERIENCE AND ENJOY WHAT GOD HAS PROVIDED

  2. WHEN WE MAKE A SPIECES EXTINCT WE HAVE NO WAY TO BRING THEM BACK. THIS IS ONE MORE ANIMAL WE PLAN TO EXTERMINATE. WE ARE DOING THIS TO HUNDREDS ON ANIMALS; HOW CAN WE JUSTIFY TAKING AWAY THESE HELPLESS AND BEAUTIFUL CREATURES FROM THE FUTURE GENERATIONS; WE CAN’T

  3. Jeff Trzcinski says:

    It looks like they took them away from the hot desert for a better location such as a good environment. You cannot bring them back to the too hot environmental location. You have no proof that they survive in an uncomfortable location. If you want to check that tortoises in a good location, then do not bring them back. Just count them that they are happy to live there and set up a new record.

  4. Jose Espino says:

    It will eventually read something like this: ‘Goal: Protect the homosapien specie from extinction before it disappears from the world forever.’ We’re getting there Moe!

  5. Ravinder Singh says:

    Every thing will disappear from this earth except humans. Encroaching on everything.

  6. All animal species must be protected internationally.

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