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Author Archives: Janet McConnaughey Associated Press

Feds: Gopher tortoise not threatened over most of its range (access required)

tortoises, U.S. Forest Service, Center for Biological Diversity, WildEarth Guardians, conservation

Gopher tortoises — burrowers whose extensive homes shelter many other animals — are generally doing well and need federal protection only in the small area where they were declared threatened 35 years ago, according to the federal government, though the decision is likely to disappoint an Arizona-based environmental organization.

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