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1 July 2011 Turtles and Culverts, and Alternative Energy Development: An Unreported but Potentially Significant Mortality Threat to the Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii)
Jeffrey E. Lovich, Joshua R. Ennen, Sheila Madrak, Bret Grover
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Abstract

Culverts are often used to increase the permeability of roaded landscapes for wildlife, including turtles. Although the benefits of culverts as safe passages for turtles are well documented, under some conditions culverts can entrap them and cause mortality. Here we report a culvert-related mortality in the federally threatened desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) at a wind energy facility in California and offer simple recommendations to mitigate the negative effects of culverts for wildlife in general.

Jeffrey E. Lovich, Joshua R. Ennen, Sheila Madrak, and Bret Grover "Turtles and Culverts, and Alternative Energy Development: An Unreported but Potentially Significant Mortality Threat to the Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii)," Chelonian Conservation and Biology 10(1), 124-129, (1 July 2011). https://doi.org/10.2744/CCB-0864.1
Received: 25 May 2010; Accepted: 1 November 2010; Published: 1 July 2011
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