Desert Tortoise Greatly Benefits From Bundy’s Cattle Grazing
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Historical record shows desert tortoises thrive when living near livestock ...
Historical record shows desert tortoises thrive when living near livestock
The Bureau of Land Management’s ongoing dispute with cattle rancher Cliven Bundy has supposedly
been waged over unpaid grazing fees. Bundy’s cattle is said to have grazed in protected areas regulated
to preserve endangered species, chiefly the desert tortoise. Later we learned the BLM had actually been
euthanizing scores of endangered tortoises, as well as releasing some into the wild, in advance of
closing the doors to the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center, which they claim lacked funding.
Since the start of the conflict, Bundy has asserted that the cattle he grazes actually benefit the desert
tortoise population. “I’ll never get it. If it weren’t for our cattle, there’d be more brush fires out here.
The tortoises eat the cow manure, too. It’s filled with protein,” Bundy stated.
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