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Ecologists Spar Over Population Counts of Threatened Desert Tortoise

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Science  06 Oct 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5489, pp. 36
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5489.36

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Summary

With six military bases, four national park areas, sprawling suburbanites, and off-road riders, there's considerable jostling for elbow room in the Mojave Desert. One unassuming neighbor, in particular, has been the focus of many real estate fights: the desert tortoise. And the shell-slinging is starting again.