Be on the watch for turtles crossing roadways

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With the warm spring weather it is turtle crossing time again. I started watching for them on the road by Pack River on Highway 200 on my way back and forth to town. I saw one at the side of the road a couple of days ago. He looked intact so I turned around and came back to assist him away from the road. To my total dismay when I picked him up I saw he was alive but had sustained an injury to his head.

Turtles like the sandy areas on the side of the road to lay their eggs. This is why they cross the roads. Please be watchful for them and give them wide berth as you’re driving near areas of water. Their shells are so dark they can look like a rock. If you are so inclined you can gently pick them up on either side of their shell between their front and back legs and help them to a safer spot.

CYNTHIA MASON

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