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Livestock grazing and the desert tortoise in the Mojave Desert

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Abstract

A large part of the Mojave Desert is not in pristine condition, and some current conditions can be related to past grazing-management practices. No information could be found on densities of the desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) or on vegetative conditions of areas that had not been grazed to allow managers a comparison of range conditions with data on tortoises. Experimental information to assess the effect of livestock grazing on tortoises is lacking, and researchers have not yet examined whether the forage that remains after grazing is sufficient to meet the nutritional needs of desert tortoises.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Other Report
Title Livestock grazing and the desert tortoise in the Mojave Desert
Series number Fish and Wildlife Research 13
Year Published 1994
Language English
Publisher U.S. Department of the Interior, National Biological Survey
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Description 9 p.
Larger Work Title Biology of North American Tortoises
First page 95
Last page 103