Elma teen facing charges in turtle attack incident

Posted at 6:54 PM, Jun 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-15 18:54:43-04

An Elma teen is facing charges after an investigation into a Facebook video showing an attack on a snapping turtle.

According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, a 16-year-old, who is not being named because of age, is charged with illegally pursuing wildlife and attempting to take wildlife during a closed season. Both are violations of Environmental Conservation Law and could result in a fine of up to $250 or up to 15 days in jail.

"Protection of New York State's fish and wildlife resources is an important mission for DEC's Division of Law Enforcement," said Region 9 State Environmental Conservation Police Captain Frank Lauricella in a statement. "Anyone who harasses, disturbs, or attempts to take wildlife illegally with disregard for the law will face charges."

The teen is scheduled to appear in the town of Elma court on July 13.

The DEC wants to remind the public that harassing wildlife in New York State is illegal. Wildlife including snapping turtles, are protected and regulated under NYS environmental conservation law. Anyone who witnesses a suspected environmental crime is encouraged to report it to an Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) by contacting DEC's 24 hour hotline at 1-844-DEC-ECOS (1-844-332-3267).