CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — An investigation continues after several sea turtles were found dead at the Packery Channel.
Texas Game Wardens are teaming up with the Padre Island National Seashore to offer a $1,000 reward for information on what led to the deaths of multiple sea turtles.
Game Wardens say they do their best to protect these turtles.
They also say that this is a crime, and found guilty the person or persons involved could face some serious consequences.
This is the reason why Texas Parks & Wildlife Game Wardens are partnering with the Padre Island National Seashore to figure out how six green sea turtles were found dead and trapped in a blue net.
“It does kill wildlife, and so we always urge people that are recreating or fishing near the water to clean up as much trash as you bring and if not, clean up even more,” says Texas Game Warden Lerrin Johnson.
Game Wardens also say the green sea turtles are an endangered species and the Endangered Species Act protects these sea turtles.
Law enforcement says if anyone found guilty of this crime can face a fine up to $100,000 or even jail time.
“If we would like to continue to be able to utilize these beautiful outdoor resources we have to become stewards of the land every single one of us has too,” says Johnson.
Texas Game Wardens also say it is also a major violation to harass, touch, pick-up or trap sea turtles.
If anyone caught doing so, can also face a fine, and the community is asked to report any suspicious activity.
“We're asking the public if you do know anything to please come forward and call our Operation Game Thief hotline,” says Johnson.
The number to call with operation game thief: 1-800-792-GAME.
Callers also have the option to remain anonymous.