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ODFW warns not to release pet turtles into the wild, harmful to native species

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Ten-pound snapping turtle found at the Yoncalla Water Treatment Plant. (Courtesy: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife) Ten-pound snapping turtle found at the Yoncalla Water Treatment Plant. (Courtesy: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)
ROSEBURG, OR (KPTV) -

After a ten-pound snapping turtle was found at the Yoncalla Water Treatment Plant, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is reminding people not to release pet turtles into the wild.

ODFW said releasing pet turtles into the wild is illegal, and it's harmful to Oregon's two native turtles, the Western Pond Turtle and Western Painted Turtle.

Snapping turtles, red-eared sliders, and map turtles are not native to Oregon and are considered invasive species.

ODFW said these invasive turtles compete with native turtles for food, basking sites, and nesting area. They can also grow bigger and lay more eggs than native turtles.

If you find an invasive turtle, you can take it into your local ODFW office.

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