Snapping turtle beaten on golf course has died

$6,000 reward offered

Published On: Jun 12 2013 06:54:20 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 12 2013 06:54:00 AM CDT

A turtle that was found beaten at the Delbrook Golf Club in Delavan, Wisconsin, Monday morning has died.

The turtle was scheduled to have surgery Tuesday morning at a Fredonia vet clinic, but it died overnight, said Jeannie Lord, Executive Director and Founder of the Pine View Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center.

The snapping turtle was brought to Pine View on Monday night with several large cracks, gaping holes and marks on its shell and head.

"It’s horrific!" Lord said. "It was a mindless, senseless act of violence and it's a crime."

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) got a call about the turtle on June 10 at about 9:30 a.m. The DNR said the female turtle, who was looking for a place to lay her eggs, was found in the sand bunker off Hole 4 North. It appeared to be beaten by a golf club.

The Global Conservation Club of Wisconsin is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever is responsible for beating the snapping turtle. PETA added $5,000 to the reward, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

Anyone with information can call the Wicsonsin DNR Hotline at 1-800-TIP-WDNR.