Tur­tle deaths spark in­quiry

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.

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