HAYTI, MO (KAIT) - The Missouri Department of Conservation is asking for the public's help after the Hayti Fire Department discovered a dump site of dead turtles.
In a news release, MDC said Hayti fire personnel reported the illegal poaching activity on April 19 to Conservation Agent Brian Shelton.
Shelton determined the large pile of turtles included 161 red-eared sliders and two snapping turtles.
"This dump site is, without a doubt, the most egregious turtle poaching incident that I have seen in my career," Shelton said. "I'm appalled that anyone would have this kind of disregard for wildlife here in the Bootheel."
Shelton said it appeared there was no reason for someone to kill the turtles.
If you have any information about this incident, you can call the Operation Game Theft Hotline anonymously at 1-800-392-1111. You can also call Shelton directly at 573-757-8357.
Information leading to an arrest could earn you an award of up to $1,000.