Sum­mer rain leads to spike in tur­tle deaths: con­ser­va­tion cen­tre

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

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.

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