FWC investigates dozens of turtle deaths

Published: Monday, January 9, 2012 at 12:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 9, 2012 at 12:32 p.m.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is trying to figure out what killed dozens of turtles in the Keystone Heights recently.

Commission spokeswoman Karen Parker said a resident in the Smith Lake area noticed the dead turtles and reported them over the weekend.

The turtles - many found at the end of Pinon Road - did not appear to have any signs they died of a traumatic death, Parker said.

“It was possibly a cold stress event,” Parker said, “but it is too early in the investigation to say for certain.”

State research biologists will be working to determine the cause of death, a process that could take weeks.

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