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Letter: Bundy vs. biodiversity
First Published Apr 21 2014 06:58 pm • Last Updated Apr 21 2014 06:58 pm

Thank you for the editorial, "Bundy is a lawbreaker, not a hero" (April 15). In addition to Cliven Bundy flaunting federal authority over public land, he’s violating the Endangered Species Act. The lands that his livestock are trespassing on are designated critical habitat for the Mojave desert tortoise, a species threatened with extinction.

If human-caused threats to a species aren’t removed from critical habitat, the very survival of that animal or plant is compromised, and this also affects the likelihood of recovery, costing taxpayers even more money while the species lingers on the endangered list. His noncompliance harms everyone who cares about biodiversity and the protection and preservation of natural areas.

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Greta Anderson

Tucson, Ariz.

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