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Trapping bill is threat to snapping turtles, already endangered

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Assembly Bill A2490-2013 would amend the New York State Environmental Conservation Law to allow trappers to take snapping turtles, our state reptile. Turtles already are under pressure globally, with populations reduced by more than half, and many species already endangered. Likewise, snappers are already under pressure in New York state. To permit trapping as an additional source of mortality for our state reptile would be like allowing hunting of our national symbol, the bald eagle, ...

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