UPDATE: Reward offered for information in sea turtle incident
The Cape Hatteras Access Preservation
Alliance is offering a $2,500 reward on behalf of the Outer Banks
Preservation Association, North Carolina Beach Buggy Association, and
Cape Hatteras Anglers Club for information leading to the
identification of the persons responsible for the green sea turtle
incident last weekend.
On the morning of Sunday, Aug. 21, Cape Hatteras National Seashore
personnel found a severely injured sea turtle on the beach
approximately 0.66 miles north of Ramp 32. The sea turtle, identified
as a green sea turtle, a threatened species, is believed to have come
onto the beach some time in the evening, or night, of Aug. 20 in order
to lay a nest in the sand.
Turtle tracks led from the ocean to the nesting site approximately 20
feet above the high tide line in an off-road vehicle travel
area. The injuries to the sea turtle were so severe that the
turtle had to be euthanized by National Park Service staff.
Based on significant evidence found at the scene, seashore officials
believe that a motor vehicle struck and ran over the nesting turtle.
If you have information that could help investigators, please call the
Dare County Community Crime Line at 800-745-2746 or 252-473-3111. You
may also submit confidential tips online at http://darecommunitycrimeline.org/cms/tips.