Give ‘Em a Break! Beware of These Creatures on Upstate NY Roads
This is the time of year when Upstate New Yorkers see more wildlife on the roadways and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation wants you to be alert. They are calling for drivers to slow down and give these creatures a break.
What Does the NYDEC Want You to Break For?
The program is called "Give Turtles a Break" and this is the time of year when more turtles are seen on Upstate New York roadways. Turtles tend to venture across streets and roads to find nesting areas.
What Should Drivers Do When They See a Turtle?
The DEC says that when you see a turtle on the roadways you should slow down to avoid hitting them with your vehicle. If you can stop, safely you are encouraged to do so. Then consider moving the turtle to the shoulder or the side of the road in which the turtle was facing.
There is a Way to Handle Turtles Even if They are Injured
There are thousands of turtles injured on New York roadways every year. Most turtles can be picked up and transported across the street safely. Never pick up a turtle by the tail. You could injure them. You are advised not to try and pick up snapping turtles near their heads. You can pick up a snapping turtle by the back of its shell. You will see more turtles on roads near rivers and waterways.
What if You See An Injured Turtle?
You are urged to contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator if you come upon an injured turtle. For more info click HERE. Also, it is illegal to take a turtle home. All native turtles are protected by law. You must have a DEC permit.