The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told that a tip-off led their officer to woods in Citrus County which was on Florida’s west coast, where he found that tortoiseshells were dumped on the ground. The Officer, named Thomas Reid told that 11 tortoises were there in a container. He waited there till the man start to move the tortoises into a truck, and then he went to confrontation.
The man confessed to Thomas Reid that had killed 15 tortoises and dumped the shells there in the wood and he caught another 11 for eating later.
The officer freed the 11 tortoises. This kind of event is alarming to these reptile species. Because Florida is known for gopher tortoises as a threatened species and it’s completely illegal to catch any of these species.