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.
RHINELANDER AND MINOCQUA - Summer gets us outside playing games on the lake or in the yard, but with cooler temperatures this year, trips to the lake may not be as popular.
That impacts certain businesses in a good way. Imaginuity toys stores in Minocqua and Rhinelander have noticed a difference in the toys they've sold this summer.
"We're definitely getting a lot more traffic with the cooler temperatures. A lot more people in the door, which we're loving. We are seeing a lot more people buying more project based items. They're buying a lot of the active play but not so much the water active," said Jessica Hatch, Store Manager.
Burke releases rural jobs plan, focuses on schools, health & growth
ACROSS WISCONSIN - A new job plan from Democratic candidate for Governor Mary Burke focuses on her economic objectives with rural Wisconsin.
Many parts of Wisconsin's rural areas, like the Northwoods, lags behind the rest of the state economically; for example, five of the ten Wisconsin counties with the worst unemployment rate in the state are in the rural portions of the Northwoods, according to June unemployment numbers from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
Her focus is on growing the rural economy, boosting healthcare and improving schools.
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