Wildlife Officials Promote Tortoise Sterilization

August 16, 2014 4:42 PM

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Wildlife Officials Promote Tortoise Sterilization

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The federal government is taking the unusual step of beginning to sterilize an endangered species it is trying to save.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service officials say they have to curb the backyard breeding of desert tortoises because the growing population of unwanted pet tortoises diverts resources from efforts to preserve the species in the wild.

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