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Pond turtles (sliders)

esteroestero Posts: 2,041 Captain
At this time of year I usually see a lot of the sliders sunning themselves on culverts or other things that stick out of the water. This year I see very few of these turtles. Some days I may not see any. This is not in just one lake but in at least 3 that I see most often. There were otters making the rounds in the lakes. Any ideas or is it possible they just died off?

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  • NSB PhotogNSB Photog Posts: 541 Officer
    My first thought was that there were predators in the lakes, and the sighting of otters confirms that. A family of otters can clean out a small lake pretty quickly.
  • snake 166snake 166 Posts: 101 Deckhand
    There is/was a commercial fishery for turtles. As I understand, the market was the far east and Lake O was a primary area for harvest but could be they are taken elsewhere.
  • ANUMBER1ANUMBER1 Posts: 12,641 AG
    snake 166 wrote: »
    There is/was a commercial fishery for turtles. As I understand, the market was the far east and Lake O was a primary area for harvest but could be they are taken elsewhere.
    There is a rec harvest too and we know how y'all burnt out the ARS AND the REDFISH in the NE gulf...
    I am glad to only be a bird hunter with bird dogs...being a shooter or dog handler or whatever other niche exists to separate appears to generate far too much about which to worry.
  • navigator2navigator2 Posts: 22,518 AG
    ANUMBER1 wrote: »
    There is a rec harvest too and we know how y'all burnt out the ARS AND the REDFISH in the NE gulf...
    :rotflmao
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
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