Threatened painted turtle being bought on-line in Kelowna had been household pet for 9 years – Kelowna Information

Threatened painted turtle being bought on-line in Kelowna had been household pet for 9 years – Kelowna Information

Stored painted turtle for years

Madison Erhardt

In accordance with the BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops, the painted turtle that was seized from a Kelowna house earlier this week was a household pet for near 9 years.

However the facility’s animal care supervisor says it was the scale of a couple of two or three-year-old turtle.

“It’s extremely small for the age that it’s so that will point out to me that its vitamin has not been good. He ought to be a full grown turtle,” stated Tracy Reynolds.

BC Conservation Officer Service launched an investigation after a criticism was comprised of somebody who noticed the turtle marketed on the market on-line.

In accordance with BCCOS, the western painted turtle is taken into account a threatened species, or species of concern.

“The species as an entire is going through some critical issues and persevering with down that highway it goes to the potential extinction of species,” stated BC Conservation Officer Hana Anderson.

An individual committing an offence beneath the Wildlife Act can face potential fines of $345 to $100,000 plus as much as one yr in jail.

“We do not need individuals going out and selecting up any wildlife as a result of it’s so damaging to the person animal after which it can be very damaging to the inhabitants,” stated Anderson.

Reynolds says if a turtle is housed with different turtles and wildlife there’s a probability a overseas illness could possibly be launched to the animal.

“In the event you launch that turtle once more you would introduce a novel…like consider the coronavirus, like a novel virus into that inhabitants and that could possibly be very detrimental to that species.”

For anybody who does witness the seize of a turtle, you are requested to report it to the Conservation Officer Service at (1-877)-952-7277.