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Gopher Tortoise protections approved in Cape Coral

Posted: 7:35 AM, Jun 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-12 07:35:08-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Gopher tortoises are now on the list of protected species in the City of Cape Coral.

City council members approved the ordinance giving tortoises the same protections burrowing owls have in the city.

Gopher tortoises are already protected under state law, but this ordinance allows local law enforcement to enforce state protections.

MORE INFO ON GOPHER TORTOISES FROM FWC