Desert tortoise

A California desert tortoise that was among the 760 captured and airlifted by helicopter last month from the Army's National Training Center at Ft. Irwin, east of Barstow, relaxes in the shade of a desert shrub. The reptiles' well-being in new terrain is essential to the $8.7-million relocation effort, which has been hit hard by a problem unforeseen by federal biologists: rampant coyote attacks.
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( John Vandewege / Los Angeles Times )

A California desert tortoise that was among the 760 captured and airlifted by helicopter last month from the Army's National Training Center at Ft. Irwin, east of Barstow, relaxes in the shade of a desert shrub. The reptiles' well-being in new terrain is essential to the $8.7-million relocation effort, which has been hit hard by a problem unforeseen by federal biologists: rampant coyote attacks.

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