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Nesting turtles heading into Illinois roadways

June 21, 2013 at 04:01 PM

The Associated Press


GLEN ELLYN — Authorities are warning drivers in Illinois to be alert for nesting turtles that are making their way across the state's roadways.

The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald says the roving reptiles can cause accidents when drivers swerve to avoid them.

Cars can injure the female turtles, which often travel from the water to higher and drier areas to nest and lay eggs.

Officials at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn say people can relocate the turtles, but it's best to put them along the side of the road — in the direction they're heading — rather than try to turn them around.
The slow-moving creatures can't process the sounds of cars or horns.

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