The desert tortoise with the red marker on its shell spent its first
few minutes of freedom sitting motionless in the shade of a creosote
bush about five miles south of Boulder City.
Then it stuck its neck out and began to explore its new home, pausing
occasionally to snack on rattlesnake weed and other local cuisine.
The tortoise was one of a dozen released Friday morning into the
Boulder City Conservation Easement, a 86,423-acre swath of public land
set aside in 1995 to conserve habitat for the federally protected
Another 26 tortoises were set free in the same general area on
Thursday, 16 of them with tracking devices glued to their shells. It was
the first organized release by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and
its partners in Southern Nevada in two years…