Ravens – Doom for desert tortoises
Hi-Desert Star “Focus”
By Stacy Moore
“They realized it is kind of nice in the desert now,” The Living Desert’s Allison Fedrick told people gathered for a lecture in the Hi-Desert Nature Museum Thursday. “We have golf courses, we have shade, we have all kinds of nice things for our ravens.”
“Where there used to be 10 ravens, there are now 15,000 ravens,” she said.” And where there are 15,000 ravens, there is a huge problem for the animal species they prey on, like desert tortoises.
Elsewhere in the desert, they also eat fringe-toed lizards and sage grouse eggs. All three species are threatened by the ravenous ravens.
“For the desert tortoises, there’s no greater threat than the abundance of ravens,” Ron Berger, president of the nonprofit Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee, told Audubon magazine this year.