Summer rain leads to spike in turtle deaths: conservation centre
TORONTO —Heavy rain in Ontario this summer might be a nuisance for residents, but it’s proving to be fatal for the province’s turtles.
A turtle conservation group in Ontario said Monday it has already taken in 620 injured turtles this year, twice the amount of cases it had in all of last year.
Donnell Gasbarrini, a program manager at the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre, said the heavy rain this summer has flooded areas where turtles generally nest, causing the reptiles to travel more than usual. The extra movement means that more turtles are being struck by cars as they cross roadways, she said.