- Associated Press - Sunday, November 2, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - Federal wildlife authorities want to require permits to ship four native freshwater turtles overseas.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials say a booming international trade in turtles is putting too much pressure on turtle populations nationwide.

The proposed rule would require exporters to get permits before shipping the common snapping turtle, the Florida softshell turtle, the smooth softshell turtle and the spiny softshell turtle. None of those species are currently in danger of extinction, but the wildlife service says increasing demands in Asian and other international markets pose a threat to their long-term survival.

The public has until Dec. 29 to comment on the wildlife service’s proposed rule to require the shipping permits.

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