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Sarasota Friday, Jun. 12, 2009 8 years ago

Poachers destroy turtle nests

by: Robin Roy City Editor

Poachers have stolen eggs from four Loggerhead sea turtle nests from Casey Key and Venice beaches. The clutches of eggs were all taken in the past week.

Loggerheads are a threatened species and are protected by county, state and federal laws. Possessing sea turtle eggs without a permit can result in up to a year in prison and fines of more than $100,000.

It’s suspected the eggs were stolen for food or to sell on the black market.

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