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Man arrested for trying to steal 100 turtle eggs

Posted by Rachel Leigh email

PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) is trying to determine the best place to put turtle eggs back in the ground after a man was caught walking off the beach with a bag full of the eggs.

Officials say Bruce Bivens has done this before. Bivens was caught by police this morning walking off a local beach with a brown bag full of eggs, more than 100 turtle eggs in all.  According to police, when he saw officers he threw the bag down and ran.  He was quickly caught and is now in custody.

FWC plans to charge with the man with possession of sea turtle eggs (3rd degree felony)

Sea turtles are endangered, they are protected under the Federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 and Florida's Marine Turtle Protection Act (379.2431, Florida Statutes).

Florida Statutes (F.A.C. Rule 68E-1)(64Kb) restrict the take, possession, disturbance, mutilation, destruction, selling, transference, molestation, and harassment of marine turtles, nests or eggs.  Protection is also afforded to marine turtle habitat.  A specific authorization from Commission staff is required to conduct scientific, conservation, or educational activities that directly involve marine turtles in or collected from Florida, their nests, hatchlings or parts thereof, regardless of applicant's possession of any federal permit.

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