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Minnesota asks drivers to brake for turtles

St. Paul: Why did the turtle cross the road?

Minnesota wildlife managers say it`s because turtles are trying to get from their winter homes to their warm-weather nesting areas. And the state Department of Natural Resources is urging drivers in Minnesota to give turtles a brake.
Carol Hall, an agency specialist in amphibians, says many turtles are killed on roads each year, especially during the nesting season.

The agency says drivers who see a turtle on the road should slow down and go around it. The department also says it`s best to let turtles cross unassisted. If it`s necessary to help, the department says to move them in as direct a line as safely possible.
Minnesota has nine turtle species, some of which are protected.

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