MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A snapping turtle found bludgeoned, possibly with a golf club, on a Delavan golf course has died.
Jeannie Lord, director of the Pineview Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, said Wednesday the female turtle died overnight. She says the turtle's injuries were too extensive for it to survive.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports photographs showed gouges in its shell and a severe head injury.
Lord estimated the turtle was between 10 and 13 years old. The Department of Natural Resources was called at about 9:30 a.m. Monday at the "Hole 4 North" course.
The Global Conservation Group of Watertown offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has also offered a total of $5,000.
DELAVAN, Wis. (WEAU)--A $1,000 reward is being offered for information on the beating of a snapping turtle.
The Department of Natural Resources says it happened sometime between 7:30 and 9:30 Monday morning at the Delbrook Golf Course in Delavan. The DNR says the turtle was a female looking for a place to lay her eggs. It was found with holes in its shell and also was hit in the right eye.
Wildlife rehabilitators say surgery is planned to try to save the turtle's life and say the turtle has about a 40% chance of survival.
If you have any information related to the beating, call the DNR Hotline at 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847-9367. Callers can remain anonymous.