Drivers urged to watch for turtles during breeding season

Turtles getting run over by cars is a leading cause of the decline in their numbers in Wisconsin.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Drivers should watch out for turtles crossing roads in our area.

Most of Wisconsin’s 11 turtle species breed in late May through June.

They often cross roads to lay their eggs in nests on higher ground.

Turtles getting run over by cars is a leading cause of the decline in their numbers in Wisconsin.

Drivers need to look out for their own safety, but if you can there are things you can do.

“If there is no traffic or traffic is light, certainly you can pull off to the side and either move that turtle off to the side of the road it was moving toward so it can go on about its business or allow it to do so itself,” said Wisconsin DNR area wildlife supervisor.

If it is not a snapping turtle, experts say it can be safely picked up by holding the edges of the shell.