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The population of desert tortoises in Targland s Red Desert [#permalink]
23 Jul 2012, 18:42
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The population of desert tortoises in Targland’s Red Desert has declined, partly because they are captured for sale as pets and partly because people riding all-terrain vehicles have damaged their habitat. Targland plans to halt this population decline by blocking the current access routes into the desert and announcing new regulations to allow access only on foot. Targland’s officials predict that these measures will be adequate, since it is difficult to collect the tortoises without a vehicle. Which of the following would it be most important to establish in order to evaluate the officials’ prediction? A. Whether possessing the tortoises as pets remains legally permissible in Targland B. Whether Targland is able to enforce the regulations with respect to all-terrain vehicle entry at points other than the current access routes C. Whether the Red Desert tortoises are most active during the day or at night D. Whether people who travel on foot in the Red Desert often encounter the tortoises E. Whether the Targland authorities held public hearings before restricting entry by vehicle into the Red Desert
Re: Targland’s Red Desert [#permalink]
25 Jul 2012, 16:17
The argument states that one factor in the decline of the turtle population is all-terrain vehicles. The plan is to block "the current access routes...". However, what if the all-terrain vehicles enter the park through the current access routes? Therefore (B) is clearly the answer.
(D), while tempting, can be discounted because of the information at the very end of the paragraph, "it is difficult to collect the tortoises without a vehicle." Therefore those walking in the park will not able to easily capture the tortoises and take them home, thereby reducing their numbers.
Re: The population of desert tortoises in Targland s Red Desert [#permalink]
17 Jan 2014, 22:33
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