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Additional threats embody elevated threat of highway mortality because of fragmentation, particularly of females searching for appropriate nest websites. Upper respiratory tract illness additionally poses a possible menace to gopher tortoise populations as evidence suggests URTD may be partially liable for declines in some populations (Enge et al. 2006). Human harvest and habitat degradation from fire suppression has additionally significantly depleted gopher tortoise populations within the Florida panhandle (Enge et al. 2006). The gopher tortoise is unique in that it is Federally listed as Threatened beneath the Endangered Species Act only in the portion of its vary occurring west of the Mobile and Tombigbee Rivers in Alabama (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1987). In the eastern portion of its range, the gopher tortoise is a Candidate species for federal safety (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2011). The gopher tortoise has some type of state-degree protection in each state … Read More