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“Operation Snapper” Yields Seven Alabama Arrests
April 08, 2005
Seven Calhoun and
The sales of over 340 illegal turtles were documented during the 18-month investigation, which involved the Alabama Department of Conservation’s Division Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
The Operation Snapper investigation focused on the illegal interstate commerce of protected turtle species. Each state has laws and regulations concerning the size and types of turtles that may be caught and sold commercially.
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Turtles are a valuable natural resource and serve an important biological function in the wild. All of the defendants admitted catching every turtle they could find living in an area before they would move to a new location.
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