UPDATE: Reward for turtle attacker now at $6,000 / A tale of two turtles

Update:
From M.J.Sentinel by way of reddit:
“The female snapping turtle found beaten on a Delavan golf course died Wednesday, and the reward for information leading to her attacker has now reached $6,000.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, announced Wednesday that it is adding $5,000 to the $1,000 reward offered by the Global Conservation Group of Watertown.

“Animal abusers are cowards. They take their issues out on the most defenseless beings available to them,” PETA Director Martin Mersereau said in a news release.”

Callers can call a DNR Hotline at 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847-9367 and may remain anonymous.

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Two Wisconsin turtle stories popped up, and I just have to note it. (What can I say. I guess I like turtles.) One is of a person who viciously hurt a snapper and left her to die. The other is of a man (hero) who saved a turtle and got injured in the process. Neither of these individuals is named in reports. There is a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of one of them.

An unfortunate female snapper at a golf course in Delavan, WI was senselessly beaten by a person wielding a golf club. She underwent surgery to correct a hole in her shell and a skull injury and was said to have a 40% chance of making it. Based on the report of a DNR agent, the turtle had crawled inside of a sand hazard on the golf course to lay eggs but she did so sometime before she was discovered – so she will reproduce.

An organization called “Global Conservation Group” is offering a $1,000 reward to information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual who beat the turtle.

I’d be on the look-out for somebody in the Delevan area who got a serious and jagged bite. Maybe the snapper bit the clubber and s/he lost it.

You can view the turtle’s gruesome injuries and keep up on her progress at the group’s facebook page.

Callers can call a DNR Hotline at 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847-9367 and may remain anonymous.

UPDATE: I just received a call back from G.C.G. The attacked turtle did not make it. It passed away this morning, 06/12.

More reading: DNR: reward offering in beating of snapping turtle on Delavan golf course

In Eagle, Wisconsin a 70-year-old man was hit by a school bus Monday morning after he parked his car and was helping a turtle get across a road. The bus was only going 15 miles per hour and the man’s injuries were minor. He was just released form the hospital.
The Eagle, Wisconsin turtle survived.

Man released from hospital after hit by bus while trying to save turtle – WTMJ

For the record some people in Wisconsin do legally hunt turtles (I assume they subsequently eat them?). There is an “open” season on turtles in Wisconsin which runs from July 15 through November 30 with approved methods of trapping or fishing etc. nonw of which indicate that “golf clubbing” is acceptable. See page 17 of these DNR regulations for turtle harvest info.

Final safety note:
If you do come in contact with a snapping turtle, please take care. They have very long necks which can and do reach out quickly to snap off fingers or whatever they contact.

See the 15 second video below for a newscaster’s close call with a snapper.

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One thought on “UPDATE: Reward for turtle attacker now at $6,000 / A tale of two turtles

  1. “Turtles may be taken by hand, dip net, hook
    and line, set line, set or bank poles, hooking, or hoop net trap”
    http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/documents/regulations/spearnet1213_web.pdf
    (p. 19. In season, with license.) Grandpa caught them on jug lines, cut heads off, made turtle soup. The golfer probably thought s/he was getting rid of a dangerous nuisance. I imagine Florida golfers have worse problems: “The ball rolled up against that alligator. Play it where it lies!” (Nuisance gators in Florida can be taken only by contract trappers, whose only compensation is the hide and meat.
    http://www.myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/managed/alligator/nuisance/
    )

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