As a result of this threat and the importance of the desert tortoise, the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) established the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center in 1990 as a refuge where injured or sick tortoises could be nursed back to health and to find safer locations for healthy tortoises that would otherwise be at risk from development.
The desert tortoise began its career as a political token in 1993 when the BLM, in an effort to protect the tortoise from extinction, outlawed grazing on its properties within the tortoise's range and rancher Cliven Bundy subsequently continued to graze his cattle there while refusing to pay the resulting fines.
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- US Fish & Wildlife Service
- 2014-04-11 [L..T] The Nevada Tortoise War Is A Right-Wing False Flag "When Bundy's grazing rights were modified by BLM in 1993, it was in part to protect the species, which inhabits the same publicly-owned desert areas trodden by Bundy's cattle and was at the time on the brink of extinction. [..] That's where the connection to the tortoise ends, however."
- 2014-04-10 [L..T] Desert Tortoise Conservation Center's plan to euthanize hundreds of the tortoises in Nevada by 2014. "How does allegedly killing/burying (with or without a court order) and/or selling Mr. Bundy's cattle now save the tortoise from extinction in the Nevada desert when they, the the FEDs, won't help preserve the turtles anymore--maybe even up to a thousand or more of the 1,400 turtles they've been caring for--when they won't release the funds necessary to keep them off that endangered species list for their preservation??"
- 2013-08-26 [L..T] Desert tortoise faces threat from its own refuge "Federal funds are running out at the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center and officials plan to close the site and euthanize hundreds of the tortoises they've been caring for since the animals were added to the endangered species list in 1990."