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Feds confiscate sea turtle from Idaho Aquarium

Feds confiscate sea turtle from Idaho Aquarium

By Associated Press. CREATED Dec 18, 2013

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A green sea turtle that had been living at the Idaho Aquarium in Boise is no longer on display.

Federal fish and wildlife officers removed the turtle Tuesday because two aquarium founders who held a permit to keep the turtle are now convicted felons.

The sea turtle is a federally protected species and any held in captivity require a special permit. Revocation of the permit came in the wake of convictions by Ammon Covino and Chris Conk.

The men pleaded guilty to conspiring to bring illegally harvested spotted rays and lemon sharks to Boise.

Covino was sentenced to one year in prison, while Conk must spend four months in prison.

Under court order, Covino and Conk cannot be involved with the aquarium and they have been removed from the board.