Man arrested after cooking and eating meal made from a rare turtleBy Mason White 5:47 PM September 10, 2014
|Alligator Snapping Turtle illustration|
By: Aarav Sen
(Scroll down for video) A man arrested after enjoying a meal of turtle meat.
The man of Texas, has been arrested for possession of an endangered species.
Longview Police said that 36-year-old Timothy Anderson, was arrested on a warrant, which was issued by the Gregg County Game Warden, for possessing an Alligator Snapping Turtle.
Officials said that the failure to pay the fine resulted in officers going to his home.
When rangers arrived at his home, the rare turtle was dead. Anderson said that he had eaten the turtle. The ranger took the shell of the turtle so that Anderson could not sell it on the black market. The officer said that the shell will be used for educational purposes.
The rangers found out about the incident when Anderson boasted about having the turtle and a local newspaper published the story.
Anderson was charged with a misdemeanor and could face jail time, fines and civil restitution.