Turtle deaths spark inquiry
THE Department of Environment and Heritage Protection is investigating after a group of dead turtles were found tangled in a net in the Ross River.
An EHP spokeswoman said 17 freshwater turtles were found dead at 12.40pm on Monday, below the Weir State School footbridge.
“They were Krefft’s river turtles, and all were adult males,” she said. “Wildlife officers are investigating.”
The maximum penalty for killing native freshwater turtles under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 is $ 126,150 or one year in jail.