|Published:||Jul 28, 2010 5:02 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 28, 2010 2:02 AM EDT|
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - A pesky critter is causing problems for a Bonita Springs homeowner. But this isn't your run-of-the-mill rodent; an endangered tortoise is threatening one woman's home.
"I love animals," said Susan Wahl. She didn't love it when two gopher tortoises started burrowing under her home over the last few weeks.
The turtles' new home is right under the corner of the foundation, leading Wahl to worry about the animals and her home.
"They're not safe here and its not safe for me," she said.
The tortoises even broke a gate leading to the backyard.
"(It's) off the hinges, they're strong."
Gopher tortoises aren't unusual in her neighborhood, another lives in her backyard. But getting rid of them is a problem...
"Nobody wants to deal with it," Wahl said.
Since gopher tortoises are considered threatened and protected under state law, Wahl can't even touch them, much less move them legally without applying for a special permit from Fish and Wildlife.
Wahl doesn't mind sharing her property with the tortoises, she just wants everyone to be safe.
"They're just in the wrong place, Wahl said. "They can have a peaceful life in the back of the yard."