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Non-Native Snapping Turtles Starting to Appear in Utah’s Weber River [VIDEO]

The Weber River in Utah is known as a great place to cool off in the summer, but residents are now on the lookout for invading snapping turtles.

July, 2015 may be the month that folks around the Ogden, Utah area started counting their fingers and toes after swimming in the famous Weber River.

Twice in the last few weeks, snapping turtles weighing over 20 pounds have been removed by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Phil Douglas of the DWR is quoted as saying “It’s not something that’s native to Utah, so we didn’t want to see somebody getting hurt approaching one of these turtles thinking, ‘Oh, this is cool.’”

The DWR is asking for people to report turtle sightings to them and avoid contact whenever possible.

At this time the turtles that are found in the Weber River system cannot be cared for long-term and as such must be euthanized.

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Non-Native Snapping Turtles Starting to Appear in Utah’s Weber River [VIDEO]