INTRODUCTION: CAN THE TORTOISE STILL BEAT THE HARE? Can the tortoise even enter the race with its fabled competitor? Unfortunately, the desert tortoise is threatened with extinction and, consequently, most United States populations of this biological wonder are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA or Act) as a result of rampant habitat loss and other human causes. As desert tortoise numbers have declined, the species has also suffered from disease and predation.
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