SPCA Cares For, Returns Diamondback Terrapins to Maryland; Turtles Stolen By Tourists

August 11, 2022
By: Meg Walburn Viviano, Chesapeake Bay Magazine

Courtesy of Chesapeake Bay Magazine/Sandi Smith, Maryland Coastal Bays Program)

There’s a happy ending to a disheartening wildlife incident in Ocean City, Md.

Earlier this summer, visitors from Buffalo, N.Y. apparently collected two diamondback terrapins in Ocean City and brought them back to Buffalo. The turtles were confiscated by the SPCA in Erie County, N.Y. New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation reached out to Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to make them aware of the turtles.

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