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  •  I was wondering about that. (5+ / 0-)

    In what I've found about this, there was a reference to many of the turtles being "too feeble" to release into the wild.  I don't even know what that means.  I do know that, in Florida, with the gopher tortoise, there is a concern about possibly spreading disease by relocating, along with the effect on the tortoises of relocation.

    So they just bulldoze over them and pay a fine.  From Defenders of Wildlife

    Gopher tortoises are threatened by habitat loss, logging, disease, and road mortality.When developers want to build on an area that is gopher tortoise habitat, they either have to relocate the tortoises or take out an incidental take permit and then bulldoze over them. The gopher tortoises that are relocated often don’t stay in their new location. They try to move elsewhere and can be run over by cars.

    I am become Man, the destroyer of worlds

    by tle on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 07:34:36 AM PDT

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