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Officials discuss proposed rule change to protect turtles

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The Loggerhead turtle is one of the most threatened animals on the endangered species list, and a proposed rule change could make it more difficult for folks to protect the turtles.

For years, beach towns have been monitoring turtle nests under state guidance. Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants more federal rules and regulations on turtle nesting volunteer groups.

Community leaders from Brunswick County met Thursday to discuss options on how to plan for the new guidelines.

Caswell Beach Mayor Harry Simmons says more rules could have a negative impact on the sea turtle population and the volunteers who look after them.

"This is nothing new in terms of what we're doing and what the needs of the turtles are.  This is just a whole different layer, an unnecessary layer of review and cost that we don't see the need for having," said Simmons.

Congressman Mike McIntyre actually testified before congress against this issue Wednesday.

Stay with this story as we follow this debate and as it makes its way through legislation.

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