Deliberate poisoning is doubtless responsible for the loss of life of dozens of turtles at a lake shut to Mumbai, Indian natural world consultants instant AFP Sunday.
Conservation workers were alerted to the incident after an area politician requested them to examine a snide scent round the body of water in Kalyan, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) east of India’s entertainment capital.
Suhas Pawar of the Wild Animal and Reptile Rescue conservation group said 57 Indian flapshell turtles had been killed while one other six were rescued.
He instant AFP that locals doubtless killed the reptiles to pause them from attractive fish they were illegally breeding in the lake.
“All the pieces is being investigated now, a autopsy and scientific prognosis will narrate the true cause in the assist of these deaths,” Pawar said.
He added that Covid-19 restrictions all around the final two years had doubtless resulted in a surge in the local turtle population.
“Restrictions on human project doubtless elevated the fish shares at the lake and these turtles were now rising in numbers by feeding on them, which angered some locals,” Pawar said.
Indian flapshell turtles need to not in particular uncommon nonetheless are a protected species below the Flowers and fauna Protection Act.