Non-native turtle caught in Ore. might have been abandoned pet

10/23/2013 | Inquisitr, The

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife captured a snapping turtle in a reservoir in the state. The species is non-native and poses a threat to local wildlife, and officials think it may have been dumped by an owner who realized how difficult keeping an exotic pet can be. The animal was euthanized following AVMA-recommended protocols for the procedure, and its shell will be used to educate people about the importance of not releasing unwanted pets.

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