From the Associated Press. They mess with mother nature, take the federally protected tortoise from their safe environment and now they're tasty-tidbits from a predator that evidently was in lesser numbers from whence they came. What a bunch of clowns. Coyotes kill relocated SoCal tortoises The Associated Press 04/17/2008 12:07:32 PM PDT BARSTOW, Calif.—Endangered tortoises that were moved to make way for Army tank training in the Mojave Desert are facing a threat from coyotes. Coyotes have killed 11 relocated desert tortoises since March, when federal officials began moving about 770 to make way for expansion of Fort Irwin training grounds north of Barstow. A dozen tortoises already living in the relocation area also have died. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife expert says three tortoises survived attacks, although two lost a leg. Authorities say the coyotes may be attacking tortoises out of desperation because a drought has depleted their usual prey: rabbits. Federal authorities plan to track the coyotes and kill or capture them to protect the tortoises.