South American River Turtle subject of new study, results show 147,000 being protected
Despite their local importance and past abundance, turtle populations are still threatened by the hunting and collection of adults and juveniles, looting of nests, the illegal trafficking of hatchlings to be used as pets, and the use of inappropriate fishing gear which can harm or kill individuals. In addition, broader degradation of their habitat is contributing to their decline.
Germán Forero, Scientific Director with WCS Colombia and lead author, called for the creation of a protection network for the charapa—a regional monitoring program that would link technical information and lessons learned among all the projects in the six countries. He noted the importance of communities in this future network.
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Crime & Punishment
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