FULTON, Ark. (AP) - Wildlife officers in Miller County have cited a man for killing an endangered alligator snapping turtle in an illegal hoop net on the Red River.
Authorities say 34-year-old Jason Oller of Miller County has a June 11 court date to answer citations for killing the turtle, an 8-foot alligator and an alligator gar. He could be fined nearly $2,500.
Game and Fish Commission officers say Oller is accused of using 11 illegal hoop nets. The Texarkana Gazette reports that a wildlife officer found the dead animals in late April on the river near Fulton.
Officials say a number of small mammals and fish were also found dead and decomposing in the illegal nets.
Wildlife officers have made a number of recent arrests for illegal nets on the Red River.
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