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UPDATE: Snapping turtle brutally beaten on golf course diesSubmitted: 06/12/2013
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UPDATE: Snapping turtle brutally beaten on golf course dies
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.

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