DELAVAN - The turtle beaten on a Wisconsin golf course died this morning.
Not only is the act uncalled for, it could be criminal.
Police are offering a one-thousand dollar reward to catch whoever did this to the snapping turtle on a southern Wisconsin golf course.
The DNR says it happened Monday morning between 7:30 and 9:30 at the Delbrook Golf Club in Delavan.
The turtle was a female looking for a place to lay her eggs.
They found her lying in a sand bunker and apparently had been beaten with a golf club.
The turtle had holes in her shell and was hit in her right eye.
Dan Buckley is the golf pro at Rhinelander's Northwood golf course.
He doesn't see too many snapping turtles, but knows golfers can come across deer, bears, and even woodchucks.
"The best thing to do is just mind your own business, stay away from it. We're kind of sharing the same turf out here. Probably the one you want to stay away from out here is, we get porcupines. You want to stay away from those. I did have an instance where I had a cart come back in with some damage. Porcupine quills had gotten it," said Buckley.
Buckley thinks the turtle incident is fairly isolated.
He says almost all of the golfers on his course seem well-behaved.
The turtle died overnight, so planned surgery never took place.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
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