Target: Delbrook Golf Course Owner, George Greenwood
Goal: Identify and prosecute individuals responsible for killing a female snapping turtle
A female snapping turtle was found beaten at the Delbrook Golf Course in Delavan, Wisconsin with holes in her shell. The turtle died two days later. Animal rights activist groups are offering monetary rewards for the identification of the killer. Although third party interests are making strong efforts to identify the abusers, Delbrook Golf Course’s owner and manager need to assume a larger role in assisting with investigations.
The female snapping turtle was seen by the golf course superintendent at around 7:30am, looking for a place in the sand bunker to lay her eggs. Two hours later, the turtle was found in life threatening conditions with holes in her shell, which appeared to have been caused by a golf club, and her eggs were nowhere to be found. The turtle was rushed to the Pine View Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center in Fredonia to be treated. Surgery was planned to save the turtle’s life with a 40% chance of survival, but her injuries were too severe. The snapping turtle died at the Rehabilitation Center.
Animal abuse and cruelty continue to be serious problems that often get overlooked. Greater awareness, accountability, and response are needed to address these issues. The Delbrook Golf Course should be first commended for taking action and immediately calling the nearest Rehabilitation Center as an attempt to save the beaten snapping turtle. Although the turtle did not survive, the superintendent’s quick action increased her chance of survival. However, the owner and manager of the Delbrook Golf Course should be urged to take greater measures to assist in investigations and identification of the attacker as much as possible.
Dear Mr. George Greenwood,
The incident of the female snapping turtle being attacked on your golf course and dying two days later is devastating and despicable. I wanted to take the time to first commend the superintendent of your golf course for acting quickly and contacting the Pine View Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center in Fredonia as soon as the turtle was found in life threatening conditions.
However, I wanted to urge you to take greater measures to facilitate in the investigations and the identification of the attacker or group of attackers who used a golf club to senselessly beat the turtle. Other animal rights advocacy groups have taken strong initiative by offering rewards for information leading to her attacker, but I urge you to assume a greater role in the investigations.
[Your Name Here]
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