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Gopher tortoise preservation spurs profitable cottage industry

Discussion in 'Tortoises in the News' started by jsheffield, Feb 19, 2019.

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  1. jsheffield

    jsheffield Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    A shame we have to put them through all this at least there are people able to help out.
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    This part of the article really caught my eye:

    "The gopher tortoise became a threatened species in Florida in 2007. Before that, developers could legally entomb them in their burrows, leaving them to starve to death over as much as a month’s time or suffocate in the dark.

    In 2005, the Walmart in Lake Park paid $11,409 for a permit that allowed it to bury five tortoises alive. FWC records show as many as 105,000 so-called “incidental take permits” were granted statewide since the mid-1990s with fees totaling an estimated $82 million."

    Yikes!

    Jamie
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