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Help protect turtles on the move in Wisconsin

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Posted at 5:15 PM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 18:15:39-04

WISCONSIN — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) needs your help protecting turtles in the area.

In the last year, there has been a 45-percent increase in turtle crossing reports but the work isn't over. The DNR is asking that Wisconsinites continue to report turtle crossings for the Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program.

Reporting these turtles can help protect them and identify locations that are deadly for the reptile.

All eleven turtle species in Wisconsin tend to breed in spring with their eggs placed on higher ground. However, once the eggs are laid there's a danger that they could be snatched up by predators. That's where you come in.

If you find a turtle nest, it's important that you build a cage around the nest to protect the eggs. You can learn how to build a cage here.

Turtles are also in danger when they're trying to find a place to lay their eggs. Many turtles must cross roads and are hit by vehicles when trying to cross. It's important to keep an eye out for these reptiles when driving, and report a crossing when you see one.

You can report a turtle crossing online here.

“Together, we’re making a difference. We ask people to continue to report where turtles are crossing roads and to help protect nests on residential lawns, gardens or gravel driveways by building a nest cage," said Andrew Badje, who coordinates the Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program for the DNR Natural Heritage Conservation Program.

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