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Turtle crossings now designated

VALENTINE, Neb. -- While deer and moose crossings are quite common throughout most of Canada, truckers rolling thro...


VALENTINE, Neb. — While deer and moose crossings are quite common throughout most of Canada, truckers rolling through Nebraska will want to keep their eyes open for the newest animal crossings.

There are now spots designated for turtle crossings at a wildlife refuge in the Cornhusker State. To preserve rare Branding’s turtles, officials in north-central Nebraska have put up chain link fences to help herd them through culverts under Hwy. 83.

The Valentine National Wildlife Refuge is funding a study to evaluate the effectiveness of crossings near the wetlands, which are home to the turtles, says the refuge’s Mark Lindvall.

Blanding’s turtles can live up to 70 years. They are listed nationally as a species of special concern, which means they could be headed for endangered status or possibly even extinction.


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