CAPTURE, HOLDING AND RELEASE OF A NATIVE POND TURTLE (ACTINEMYS PALLIDA) POPULATION.
Brock A. Ortega; Dudek; 605 Third Street, Encinitas, CA, 92024; (760) 479-4254; bortega@dudek.com;
As a result of construction monitoring for a dam retrofit project in the City of San Diego, the presence of a small and relatively isolated population of eight southwestern pond turtles (Actinemys pallida) were discovered. Because the water was going to be nearly completely removed for an extended period, it was decided that they would be captured and maintained within an off-site facility until the project was complete. The turtles were trapped in coordination with The California Department of Fish and Wildlife and U.S. Geological Survey. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the project remained in stasis for longer than the expected two- to four-month period and the turtles were maintained in a facility for over 13 months. Upon release, the turtles were fitted with radio-transmitters and tracked for an extended period to learn more about survivorship, periods of activity, and habitat use. In this poster, we will outline the unique circumstances surrounding this effort, the site design of the holding facility, health issues and treatment, ultimate release, and long-term post-release radio-tracking results of the five surviving turtles.
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