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 earlier this year recommended rules that would protect the state’s turtles from trapping during their nesting season as well as set daily quotas that limit how many turtles can be killed by trappers.
Thanks in part to our supporters for voicing support for these recommendations, the agency has now turned them into formal proposals. 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.
September 12, 2016 Action Alert ID# 422
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