This week on Wildlife Weekly, Jackie Edmunds, wildlife rehabilitation training coordinator at the Dane County Humane Society, is talking all about turtles. Edmunds has a few ways that you can help keep these turtles out of rehabilitation, and some tips for what to do should you find a turtle in need of help.
Turtles are often injured while crossing the road. However, a little more attention and care can decrease the number of turtles that turn up at the Wildlife Rehab Center annually from car-related injuries. If you run into a turtle during your commute, they encourage the public is to help. There are a couple of helpful utensils you can keep in your car in case you run into this situation: boxes, towels, and shovels to name a few.
However, Edmunds asks everyone to take their own safety into account when working to keep turtles safe on the road. If there are safety concerns, you can contact the Wildlife Rehab Center or better yet, your local police department. Both can help get turtles safely from one side of the road to the other while keeping you safe from oncoming traffic.
Even deceased turtles are useful in helping protect the species. At the rehabilitation center, workers harvest eggs from deceased females and hatch them. When fall comes, workers release the hatchlings at the same watershed as they found the adult.
If you want to find out more about protecting Wisconsin turtles, head over to the DNR’s web page on the Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program.