by MARY PAPENFUSS
June 10, 2019
The raven population in the western Mojave has increased more than 700% in the last 25 years and threatens to wipe out desert tortoises if nothing is done. In some places, “where there used to be 10 ravens, there are now 15,000,” Allison Fedrick, tortoise outreach and animal care keeper at The Living Desert, said.
The population of the common raven is exploding across the American West, where it thrives on human refuse and roadkill. As the large, strutting predators piggyback on the spread of human civilization, they are expanding into territories where they have never been seen in such large numbers.