Report trapping of turtles to DPaW

Dead oblong turtles at Sherlock Park, Jane Brook
Dead oblong turtles at Sherlock Park, Jane Brook DPaW

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is asking the public to report people trapping native turtles in Perth’s lakes and rivers.

DPaW senior wildlife officer Rick Dawson said at least 30 oblong, or long-necked, turtles (Chelodina oblonga) had been found dead in nets in a series of incidents over the past 12 months.

Wildlife officers believe that turtles have been caught and stored in nets for collection at a later date. However, for some reason they have not been retrieved and have drowned,” Mr Dawson said.

“This is a cruel and illegal practice and the department is urging anyone who finds turtles caught in nets or traps, or observes any suspicious activity at suburban lakes and rivers, to contact DPaW’s Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055.”

Under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950, the penalty for taking protected fauna such as oblong turtles is a maximum of $4000 per offence.

To report trapping of turtles contact the DPaW Wildcare Helpline on 9474-9055.

 

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Last modified on Monday, 29 July 2013 14:40