PHOENIX -- It's estimated that every year, hundreds of unwanted pet turtles are released into the "moat" in front of the Phoenix Zoo. This population of turtles undergoes annual trapping efforts to reduce their chances of traveling to nearby canals and the Salt River where they could out-compete with, spread disease to, or prey on native turtles and other native aquatic wildlife.
3TV's Heidi Goitia got the lowdown on the Nonnative Turtle Trapping from Cristina Jones of the Arizona Game & Fish Department.
During the trapping, all captured turtles are measured, weighed, identified to species and sex, and uniquely marked.
Female nonnative turtles are removed from the pond and placed with the Phoenix Herpetological Society where people can adopt them. Native turtles and male nonnative turtles are returned to the pond.
The 2014 turtle trapping will be Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18, the weekend before World Turtle Day on May 23.