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Reward increased to more than $6,000 after snapping turtle’s death

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Catherine W. Idzerda
June 13, 2013

— The Rock County Humane Society has joined the list of organizations offering a reward for information about the death of a snapping turtle found on a Delavan golf course.

The animal died Wednesday at the Pine View Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center in Fredonia.

The turtle, a female searching for a safe spot to lay her eggs, appeared to have been beaten with a golf club between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Delbrook Golf Course, Delavan.

“It was a particularly craven level of violence,” said Brett Frazier, who starts his job as executive director of the Rock County Humane Society on Monday.

The humane society is adding $200 to the $5,000 being offered by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the $1,000 being offered by Watertown-based Global Conservation Group.

Frazier said the amount “wasn’t a lot, in the grand scheme of things,” but he and the board felt it was important to act.

“It does coincide with our mission,” said humane society board secretary Leslie Hulick.

Frazier was reaching out to other humane society groups, as well.

The DNR is continuing to investigate, but the local police department has not been asked to participate, which is unusual, Delavan Police Chief Timothy S. O’Neill said.

On Monday, someone called the DNR tip line with the information about the turtle, O’Neill said.

Tuesday, the course’s golf pro called the police department to give them an update.

On Wednesday, when O’Neill still hadn’t heard from the DNR, he called the agency for an update. Agency officials said they had contacted the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office.



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