Cranbrook RCMP partnered with the Conservation Officer Service to save approximately 15 turtles from life in captivity.
On Monday, August 1, 2016, Cranbrook RCMP were conducting patrols in the Fort Steele area when they noticed people they believed were fishing. The constable stopped to speak with the individuals and noted that they had over 15 Western Painted Turtles in their possession. The officer instructed the people to release the turtles and contacted the Conservation Officer Service.
A Conservation Officer from Cranbrook attended the scene. Investigation revealed these families were taking the turtles home with them to have and gift as pets. The individuals, all from out of province, were charged under Section 33(1) the Wildlife Act, Unlawful Possession of Live Wildlife.
We welcome people to come and see the Western Painted Turtles in their natural habitat. When people decide to hold these turtles in captivity, we need to step in and ensure they remain in the wild. This was an excellent partnership between the Cranbrook RCMP and the Conservation Officer Service.