I've got one or more very large Turtles in my pond. Whats the best way to eradicate them. I do not have time to sit there with the 22 and wait for their appearance. Any advice on a proven method will be appreciated.
Brandonm22":1p4nnx4b said:Find out what kind of turtles they are before shooting at them. Turtle numbers are declining and some are popping up on federal or state protection lists. The bog turtle (Appalachia) and the Yellow-Blotched Map Turtle (MIssissippi) are both on the list of the 25 most endangered turtle species in the world and ARE federally protected.
Your state's fish and game laws may also have some turtle specific regs.
Brandonm22":1k54ed73 said:I swung an email to Mark Sasser who is over the nongame wildlife in Alabama and he pretty much green lighted anything you want to do. None of our three Alabama endangered turtle species are likely to live in your ponds and the state gives leeway to a private landowner managing his ponds (or aquaculture would be an extinct business). You are legal and good to go with whatever you want to do..........
"The turtles you mentioned would not be found in your pond. Their
habitat requirements and range is totally different. The gopher
tortoise is a land turtle, also. Private pond owners are exempt from
the limit resrictions on some species that may be in your pond, common
snappers and soft shells, as long as they are not being harvested for
commercial purposes. Most of the turtles in your pond are probably
common red-ears and pond sliders.
Mark S. Sasser
Certified Wildlife Biologist
Nongame Wildlife Coordinator
Alabama Division of Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries
64 North Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
Auburn_Ag":1pl1cv8m said:kerley":1pl1cv8m said:
For those of you that might not know, I think the type of turtle he is referring to is a Logger Head or otherwise known as a Snapping Turtle. They do not make good pets!