From the Daily News:
Something fishy is going on at Bowne Park in Flushing.
Local residents say turtles that live in the park's pond have been disappearing at an alarming rate and that the park's fish population also has plummeted.
"I've been hearing from people who noticed there are no turtles sitting out in the sun," said Wanda Beck Antosh, president of the Bowne Park Civic Association. "They have also caught people poaching fish and turtles from the pond and not putting them back."
The turtles are popular with park visitors, who sit on surrounding benches and watch the reptiles glide through the murky water. A stone turtle statue, a favorite of neighborhood children, stands sentry by the side of the pond.
Some days, it is the only turtle in sight.