FWC Turtle Work Stalled By Theft
Attention all my Florida friends. Be on the lookout for these turtle traps!
Sometime between noon Wednesday and early Thursday morning, someone stole four Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) research hoop nets from Lockey Lake, off the Apalachicola River in Gulf County.
Kim Sash, an FWC wildlife biologist who works on the Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area, said the 10-foot-long, barrel-shaped nets or traps were partially exposed above the waterline in the small lake across from Bryant Landing. The hoop nets are used to capture and tag alligator snapping turtles, a species of special concern.
All of the turtles are released on site.
Each of the hoop nets, identified as FWC property, costs $135.
"We hope someone will have a change of heart and return the traps as soon as possible," Sash said. "If that happens, there will be no questions asked."
Sash said she could be reached at 850-827-2417.
Otherwise, taking and keeping the traps is a felony. The Gulf County Sheriff's office is investigating the theft.
Anyone with information about the incident can call the FWC's Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-3922.
Kim Sash (850) 827-2417