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Turtle in critical condition after beating

Group offers reward for information leading to an arrest

June 11, 2013 | 02:38 PM
GENEVA — "Still unimaginable the extent of cruelty."

That's what Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital posted on Facebook Tuesday morning in an update on a snapping turtle that was injured at Delbrook Golf Course, Delavan.

It is believed the turtle was beaten with a golf club between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. Monday, according to Jordan W. Turner, of the Global Conservation Group's cruelty investigation department.

"There were reported to be about 35 players on the golf course during the time of the beating," Turner said in an email.

The group is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of those responsible for the crime.

Several people have commented on Fellow Mortal's Facebook page about the incident.

The turtle received a fractured skull and several holes in its carapace.

It was transferred from Fellow Mortals to Pine View Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Fredonia. As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, the turtle was in critical condition.

Fellow Mortals posted pictures on Facebook of the injured turtle, with a warning for the graphic nature of the photos.

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Fellow Mortals stated that Juan Gomez, a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources conservation warden, rescued the turtle. According to Fellow Mortals, Gomez responded to a call about an injured turtle on the golf course.

"Snapping turtles are the largest (turtles) in the United States," Fellow Mortals stated. "They are an endangered species in Canada."

People with information can also call (800) TIP-WDNR.


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