LANCASTER, N.Y., Sept. 1 (UPI) — Police in New York say a golfer has been cited for beating and killing a snapping turtle during a golf tournament in Lancaster.
Officers cited Bob Artis, 69, for allegedly hitting the 22-pound turtle with a golf club, grabbing it by its tail and smashing it against a golf cart on Aug. 17, the Buffalo News reported Thursday.
Artis then allegedly put the turtle in his truck and took it home where he cleaned it, processed it and put it in his freezer.
He was cited for hunting without a license and taking a snapping turtle by means other than allowed by law.
Artis, a member of the Fox Valley Golf Club, pleaded guilty to the charges and paid a fine, saying he felt “very remorseful” about the incident.
The golf club said it suspended Artis for 20 days.
Snapping turtles can be killed during their state-designated hunting season, July 15-Sept. 30, but hunters can only use a firearm or bow to take the reptile, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said.