Gopher tortoise preservation spurs profitable cottage industry

SULCY

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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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