Minn. asks drivers to brake for turtles

Sunday, June 13, 2010

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Why did the turtle cross the road?

Minnesota wildlife managers say it's because turtles are trying to get from their winter homes to their warm-weather nesting areas. And the state Department of Natural Resources is urging drivers in Minnesota to give turtles a brake.

Carol Hall, an agency specialist in amphibians, said many turtles are killed on roads each year, especially during the nesting season.

The agency said drivers who see a turtle on the road should slow down and go around it. The department also said it's best to let turtles cross unassisted. If it's necessary to help, the department said to move them in as direct a line as safely possible.

Minnesota has nine turtle species, some of which are protected.

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