Game warden: Severed turtle heads at Abilene park likely result of ‘frustrated fishermen’

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is reminding fishermen to please release turtles after several severed heads were found at an Abilene park. 

Game Warden Jake Simmering says the turtle heads, discovered by a patron at Cal Young Park Tuesday, were likely left by ‘frustrated fishermen’. 

He says a hunting license is required to kill turtles in the State of Texas and urges anyone who may catch one to cut the line instead of cutting off the animal’s head. 

KTAB and KRBC spoke to two fishermen who agreed the turtles, which are numerous at Cal Young Park, are a nuisance, but said they always throw them back.

“This type of act could fall under Texas Penal Code 42.092 Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animal,” according to the Abilene Police Department. However, there have been no complaints filed about the severed heads, so there is not currently an active investigation.

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