HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The trapping of snapping turtles in Connecticut will now be regulated.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced Wednesday that new rules have been approved to protect the turtles from over-trapping and ensure the long-term viability of the state’s turtle population.
New regulations include a trapping season that will run from July 15 through Sept. 30. Hunters will be restricted to taking five turtles a day and 30 for a season. Trapped turtles must be at least 13 inches long and no turtle eggs may be taken.

A growing number of states are regulating snapping turtle trapping because of concerns about overharvesting.
Other new hunting regulations approved by the legislature’s Regulation Review Committee include adding crossbows as legal archery equipment, as well as muzzle-loading firearms during shotgun/rifle deer seasons.

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