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Utah DWR says not to take tortoises from wild

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The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is reminding the public not to take desert tortoises from the wild. So far this year, there have been nine tortoise-related cases in Utah.Most of the incidents happened in Washington County during the summer months, and two of the cases took place in central Utah. The DWR says it's illegal to remove desert tortoises from their natural habitat, especially because they have been listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act since 1990.

 

DWR Wildlife Biologist Ann McLuckie says once tortoises are removed from their habitats, they can never be released back into the wild due to risks of introducing diseases. She pleads with the public, saying “please let them stay wild and don’t add to the decline of their population.”

Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!