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Desert Tortoise News
Pima County's Office of Sustainability and Conservation has marked a number of desert tortoises in Tucson Mountain Park as part of a monitoring and conservation project. The tortoises are marked with a notch in the rear of the shell, and also have a number painted on it. If you happen to see one of these tortoises, please DO NOT handle it. It would be very helpful, however, if you could write down its number or take a picture of it, and send this info along with location data to Ian Murray: Ian.Murray@pima.gov
The tortoises that were marked were not near trails, so it's unlikely they'll be seen near trails or roads, but some may decide to wander.
PHOTO Above: Desert tortoise pauses feeding to check out what's coming. These mostly solitary tortoises of the Sonora Desert live on rocky hillsides. They utilize existing crevices and depressions for shelter. The population is limited by available sites. Photo courtesy of Roger Carpenter.
Did you know?
Drones are illegal in ALL Pima County Parks and National Parks. In addition, they are considered aircraft and are not to be used to harass or take wildlife. Arizona and Federal law further prohibits flying a drone in a reckless manner and recommends calling law enforcement if needed.
Photo courtesy of Roger Carpenter