Eye On Boise

Feds confiscate sea turtle from Idaho Aquarium

Federal fish and wildlife officers confiscated the green sea turtle that had been on display at the Idaho Aquarium in Boise on Tuesday, the AP reports, because two aquarium founders who had a permit to keep the turtle - a federally protected species - are now convicted felons. A special permit is required for sea turtles held in captivity; revocation of the permit came in the wake of convictions of Ammon Covino and Chris Conk, who pleaded guilty to conspiring to bring illegally harvested spotted rays and lemon sharks to Boise. Under court order, Covino and Conk can no longer be involved with the aquarium and they have been removed from its board.

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