Threats like habitat destruction, pollution and trapping are causing alarming declines in freshwater turtle populations across the country. Fortunately, in response to public outcry and a 2009 petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is now considering rules to protect turtles from trapping during their nesting season (January 1 to July 15) as well as daily quotas that limit how many turtles can be killed by trappers.
Advocacy by the Center has led to states across the country restricting trapping to prevent further declines of these vulnerable animals. Although Iowa should ultimately end commercial turtle trapping outright, season closures and daily bag limits are crucial first steps.
Speak up for freshwater turtles -- tell state officials you support regulations to help protect Iowa's wild turtles from trapping.
June 1, 2016 Action Alert ID# 381
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