DELAVAN — Efforts to find the people responsible for beating a snapping turtle on a golf course have turned cold.
According to Jordan Turner of the Global Conservation Group, the DNR doesn’t have any major leads.
The GCG, along with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, have raised a $10,000 reward for information leading to the suspect.
On June 10, a female snapping turtle was found at Delbrook Golf Course with injuries to her shell and head. The turtle was treated at Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital before being taken to Pine View Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Fredonia.
Delbrook is owned by the city of Delavan.
The turtle died June 12.
“The DNR said they do not have any major leads or suspects at this time, but (the case) will remain open until a suspect is apprehended,” Turner said. “They said they’re working on it.”
Marcus Smith, a public relations official with the DNR, said he only knew that the investigation was continuing.
“I’m not the warden assigned to the case,” Smith said. “What I have been told is that the investigation is ongoing. That’s where we’re at with the incident.”
The warden assigned to the turtle case did not return calls to the Regional News.
Turner said GCG still wants answers in the case.
“We’re going to be doing a demonstration in August in the streets of Delavan,” he said. “We want to encourage people to come forward if they know anything. Banners will let people know about the $10,000 reward.”
Turner said the group has scheduled the demonstration for mid-August.
Last week’s Regional News incorrectly stated the DNR investigation was closed.