Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director Rowan Gould
Goal: Offer further protections for the endangered Alligator Snapping Turtle in Louisiana.
The Alligator Snapping Turtle is being hunted and killed at an alarming rate in Louisiana. Although the animal is considered endangered in many states, Louisiana still allows them to be hunted and killed. Protections need to be put in place to ensure this majestic animal survives.
The Alligator Snapping Turtle has a very slow reproduction rate, making it a very vulnerable species to hunt and kill. In fact, the population for the turtles has dropped up to 95 percent in the species’ history. Despite all the information citing the fragility of this animal’s survival, the internet is still littered with pictures of mutilated turtles and hunters sporting their latest kill. This animal has no natural predators besides us. It would be tragic if this animal was wiped from the planet due to human beings.
Louisiana currently allows one Alligator Snapping Turtle to be hunted per day; however, that still is detrimental to the species’ survival. Scientific research has found that there is no sustainable way to hunt the animal. Just removing a few individuals from a pack could cause a collapse in the population.
These animals are so beautiful and mysterious. They can live just as long, if not longer, than a human being and can weigh up to 220 pounds. Just looking at one of these impressive animals is an experience in and of itself and the world would truly lose a wonder if it were to lose this species in its entirety.
Sign this petition to give further protections to the Louisiana Alligator Snapping Turtle and ensure that their species will survive.
Dear U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director Rowan Gould,
Louisiana has been gifted a diverse and plentiful wildlife population, and among its wonders is the majestic Alligator Snapping Turtle. Although these turtles are considered endangered in other states, Louisiana allows the animal to be hunted, putting their species at risk for extinction. Please extend protections to this animal so that they may continue to be a living wonder on this planet.
The Alligator Snapping Turtle is very slow at reproducing. In fact, scientific research shows that removing just a few of these turtles from a pack can cause cataclysmic population drops. In the species’ known history on Earth, its population dropped up to 95 percent. They have no natural predators, only us. We hunt and kill these beautiful and endangered animals for meat and sport while they struggle to maintain their existence.
The current laws are not enough and intervention is needed to provide the proper protections for these animals. I implore you to take action. Protect this species in Louisiana and ensure that they don’t meet an unnatural end by our hands.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Norbert Nagel