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Man cited for killing alligator snapping turtle

Source: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Source: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

 

FULTON, Ark. (AP) - Wildlife officers in Miller County have cited a man for killing an endangered alligator snapping turtle in an illegal hoop net on the Red River.

Authorities say 34-year-old Jason Oller of Miller County has a June 11 court date to answer citations for killing the turtle, an 8-foot alligator and an alligator gar. He could be fined nearly $2,500.

Game and Fish Commission officers say Oller is accused of using 11 illegal hoop nets. The Texarkana Gazette reports (http://is.gd/hLsvZu ) that a wildlife officer found the dead animals in late April on the river near Fulton.

Officials say a number of small mammals and fish were also found dead and decomposing in the illegal nets.

Wildlife officers have made a number of recent arrests for illegal nets on the Red River.

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