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The cost of airlifting 1,100 tortoises in California? $50 million
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Intruders are lurking around the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps base in the Mojave Desert – and boy, are they cold-blooded.

Desert tortoises – thousands of them – are crawling around the Mojave Desert, but they're in the way of Marine training.

Operation Desert Tortoise – the largest relocation of tortoises ever – is a go.

The Marine Corps began relocating 1,100 tortoises last week to accommodate an expanded ground for live-ammunition desert training missions, reports the Press Enterprise. The move follows a 2013 congressional vote to expand the combat center.

How does one move a tortoise? You airlift it, naturally, but don't expect to see the reptiles flying across cloudless Mojave skies; biologists pack them into plastic bins before their 25-mile airborne journey.

The move will take about two weeks and cost close to $50 million. Included in the multimillion dollar price tag is funding for a 30-year monitoring program.

More than the cost, many are worried about the potential effects the relocation could have on the threatened species, whose populations have been declining since the 1970s.

"This population has declined by 50 percent in the past 10 years," says Ileene Anderson, a scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), in a notice filed by the organization in March 2016 to challenge the relocation plans.

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04-21-2017 07:24 AM

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RE: The cost of airlifting 1,100 tortoises in California? $50 million
45454.54545454545 each.


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04-21-2017 07:26 AM

 



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I'm sure the people here don't care about endangered species.
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04-21-2017 07:27 AM

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how much are we paying for each Heeb?

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04-21-2017 07:37 AM

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I hope they enjoyed the trip...

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04-21-2017 07:46 AM

 



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All aboard the airlift plane.

Aliens should come to Earth and pack human in plastic relocation tubes and drop them off on Mars. chuckle
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04-21-2017 07:50 AM

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THIS is just one of the many reasons why Trump was elected. This is bullwhakkus at its finest.
I coulda been a tortoise and got paid off to be forcibly volunteered off the flight, but unfortunately, I am the walrus. Coo coo ka choo.
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