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Collecting eastern box turtles from the wild in Indiana will soon be illegal

Discussion in 'Fishing Reports - Out of State' started by mrfishohio, Nov 4, 2004.

  1. mrfishohio

    mrfishohio Recovering Fishaholic

    Collecting eastern box turtles from the wild in Indiana will soon be
    illegal.

    An Indiana law, effective October 23, 2004, prohibits the collection of
    eastern box turtles (Terrapene carolina) or their parts from the wild in
    Indiana. Individuals who currently possess an eastern box turtle, a
    subspecies, or their parts will need to apply for the new box turtle
    possession permit. There is no cost for the permit.

    The eastern box turtle is tottering between maintaining stable populations
    and becoming endangered. "Prohibiting the taking of the eastern box turtle
    in Indiana is one of the best ways that we can help protect this species,"
    said State Herpetologist, Zack Walker.

    Current studies reveal that male eastern box turtles must hear or see a
    female before the mating process will even begin. Low animal numbers in
    populations prevent adequate contact between males and females.
    Additionally, we now know that box turtles have a homing instinct. Turtles
    displaced by humans will instinctively attempt to return to their home
    habitat, often times forcing them to travel through unsafe conditions.

    Past collection has already harmed many box turtle populations. The loss of
    habitat and an increasing number of roads through their habitat also
    contribute to their decline. Walker reports, "We now are aware of how
    detrimental incidental collection and displacement is to the population and
    it is essential that it does not continue as it has in the past."

    The eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina) is a small to medium-sized
    turtle with a domed shell. The top of the turtle's shell is variable in
    color and pattern but is typically marked with yellow to orange streaks and
    blotches on a dark background. The eastern box turtle is very similar in
    appearance to the state-endangered Ornate box turtle (Terrapene ornate).

    The Natural Resources Commission approved the recommended administrative
    rule changes on July 20, 2004. The Governor's Office, Attorney General's
    Office and the Indiana Secretary of State gave final approval of the rule
    changes on September 23, 2004. This change in the administrative rules puts
    Indiana in the top ten of states in the country trying to conserve the
    eastern box turtle.

    Specific information about eastern box turtles and new possession permits in
    Indiana is available on the Wildlife Diversity Section's website at:
    www.IN.gov/dnr/fishwild/endangered

    Permit information may also be obtained by contacting the Division of Fish &
    Wildlife at 317-232-4080.

    Media contact:
    Zack Walker
    zwalker@dnr.in.gov
    812-334-1137

    Permit Information:
    Linnea Petercheff
    lpetercheff@dnr.in.gov
    317-232-4080

    Images contact:
    Alisha Schiffli
    aschiffli@dnr.in.gov
    317-233-0936
     
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