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MDC Wants You to Slow Down & Give Turtles a “Brake”

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The Missouri Department of Conservation is encouraging drivers to be careful on the roads this spring and use the brakes on the turtles.

These reptiles are often hit by cars in the warmer months, but are at particular risk during this time of year because they are more active.

Vehicles are one of the main contributors to the decline in box turtles, and MDC urges motorists to be careful and slow down when they see a turtle on the road.

When helping a turtle get across the road safely, check the traffic and move the turtle across the road in the direction of travel.

In addition, MDC encourages Missourians to release turtles in the wild. If you take a wild animal, whether it be a turtle or other wildlife, and keep it as a pet, it usually ends in a slow death.

Leave turtles in the wild, stick to the speed limit and keep an eye on the road.

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Robert Dunfee