JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ASKS VISITORS TO LOOK OUT AFTER 3 TORTOISES KILLED

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ASKS VISITORS TO LOOK OUT AFTER 3 TORTOISES KILLED

After three Desert Tortoises were killed in the park last week, Joshua Tree National Park is asking visitors, specifically those driving in the park, to look out for wildlife on the roadways and in parking lots. The three desert tortoises were killed by vehicles, two run over in a campground.
Park Ranger George Land said, “Two main factors are contributing to these latest incidents: Sheer numbers of visitors to the park causing more traffic and, with the park in bloom; animals like the desert tortoise are out enjoying the bounty of food available in the desert.”
Park officials remind the public to drive with caution and be on the lookout for not only tortoises but all wildlife in the park. 
“Objects that may look like a rock or branch on the road could be one of the park’s resident critters. Slow down, look out and please help reduce these senseless wildlife fatalities,” Land said.

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