Echo Park Lake Turtles (Photo)

Reader Hugo R. Ajanel posted this photo recently. It was taken, obviously, a while ago.


Echo Park residents miss their wildlife.

That was apparent during the recent

One topic was turtles. Many wondered how they were doing in their new habitat at MacArthur Park.

Engineers and other experts say they are doing fine, though locals claim not all may have made it to safety.

Meantime, reader Hugo R. Ajanel shared this record of the turtles at peak.

Will Campbell August 29, 2012 at 01:40 PM
"Wildlife" is one way to put it. I prefer to describe it as disgraceful. The red-eared slider populations of our local lakes are the result of irresponsible people dumping the turtles they impulse-purchased as pets. Sure, in that picture everything looks totally turtle-tastic, but for every one seen in that image there were several throw-aways who were unable to adapt and died slow agonizing deaths either through dehydration or starvation or disease. The lucky ones among them got picked off quickly by predators. And guess what happens when a sick one gets added to the mix by some idiot who either doesn't know that abandoning an animal is a crime in California (punishable by six months in prison and/or a fine of up to $1,000) or doesn't give a crap?
Joan Kramer August 30, 2012 at 04:22 AM
I asked the project administrators many times about what they were doing with the turtles. They referred me to the Tortoise Society which discouraged my adopting these since they aren't very nice specimens. I'm sure I could find the email that was sent to me. I saw many dead ones in the lake as well. Why are people even able to obtain them?
Vincent Montalvo August 31, 2012 at 01:16 AM
@Joan Kramer I have been working this case on propostion O/ Echo Park lake wildlife. There are many enviormental violations. 1. The removal of our Domistic and wild ducks. 2. Removal of our turtles 3. our fish I ask that anybody that cares about what propostion O has done with our wildlife please attend the next meeting. They have lied to our community and put our health and saftey at risk.
Joan Kramer August 31, 2012 at 01:24 AM
When is the next meeting? Thanks Vincent.
Vincent Montalvo August 31, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Joan I would love a copy of the email the tortoise society sent you regsurding the turtles. The propostion o managment team stated that all turtles were removed and adopted. I went back to the lake on the glendale side that's where they had the turtle pins. I seen about 30 in dirty water full of fecis and without food. There where also 6 to 7 that where dead and from the looks of the decomposing turtle bodies they where dead for many days. Which means that nobody was there to take care of them or feed them. Please attend the next meeting go to there website and see when the next meeting date .
Joan Kramer August 31, 2012 at 01:37 AM
I'll look for it. Not sure which website because I wasn't aware there were any meetings. It's gonna take awhile to find the email because I'm an email packrat!!
Vincent Montalvo August 31, 2012 at 07:50 AM
Hi Joan Thanks for looking for the email there is nothing wrong with being an email packrat. They have not posted there next meeting yet but they plan to have it some time in the fall 2012. check this link out they have the minutes of the meetings just in case you want to catch up with propostion o project http://www.echoparklake.org/english/index.htm
Joan Kramer September 01, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Thanks Vincent -- I looked through many emails and couldn't find the reply. I think it was from an individual -- perhaps the Van Nuys Turtle Society. I'm not giving up but it's possible the email was lost when I changed computers. Hope to attend the next meeting. Thanks so much!


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