DNR worker: Why I help turtles cross the road

  • Article by: Peter M. Leschak
  • Updated: March 30, 2013 - 5:02 PM

We all do better when animals do better. But clearly, not everyone agrees.

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marsbonfireMar. 30, 13 7:25 PM

We have a lot of turtles crossing the road out where i live. I'll bet I save anywhere from 15-20 a year. And I've seen others stop as well. I certainly can't comprehend the mentality of someone that intentionally aims for one however....some people are just cruel and like to kill stuff for fun...plain and simple.

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pumiceMar. 30, 13 7:40 PM

Good on you, Mr. Leschak. Perhaps the human race is becoming civilized! Perhaps even to the extent that the options of dealing with irrational and confrontational leaders of far away nations extend beyond "Starve 'em" or "Nuke 'em". Helping turtles cross the road is a start. Perhaps some day, we will trust that ordinary people who live under the yoke of tyranny will be convinced by our exceptional system to seek the same political and social and economic justice for themselves.

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mn2niceMar. 30, 1310:05 PM

Back in the early 90's while I was in college, I worked for a certain direct marketer of clothing famous in these parts. One day I took a call from a woman in Fairbanks, AK who told me a story about animals crossing the road up there. Seems Alaska law gives the right-of-way on roads to animals, meaning if you come across one or more crossing a road the law requires you to stop and wait for it or them to finish crossing before continuing on with your journey. One day she was in one such line of cars waiting for a Canada goose and her flock to cross a highway, when some guy back in the line got tired of waiting and took in the opposite lane to pass them all. In the process he killed about 5 duckings and just kept going. Several people in line took a picture of him running them over and called the state patrol, who fined him mightily for each ducking he killed. How sensible. Now why don't we have such a law?

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greg62Mar. 31, 13 1:31 AM

I always help turles cross the road, but I like to hunt and fish as well.

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earneditMar. 31, 13 7:27 AM

Just a note of caution concerning big snappers, You can dislocate their tail by picking them up that way. Better to try and slide them in the direction they're headed, than picking them up..

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mondaveauMar. 31, 1310:31 AM

Good Karma

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gutshotMar. 31, 1310:56 AM

Oddly, a commentator (wolf expert) to this page recently reported that the mentioned billboard wolf was not a Gray wolf but a Red wolf caught in a researcher's trap.

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misterwittMar. 31, 1311:23 AM

Or grab the back of the shell and pick them up, keeping their long necks away from your fingers. Always carry them in the direction they were going, or they will be back on the same road in no time...

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mnmaggiemnMar. 31, 1311:43 AM

I love turtles! I helped one cross the street by my house one day and was sadded a little bit later and saw barely off the road, in the grass the little turtle I helped, crushed, run over I was sad and disgusted that someone was either that horrible of a driver or intentionally ran him over.

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jd55604Mar. 31, 1312:30 PM

I know some of you love turtles and other critters crossing the road but please don't stop your car right in the middle of the road to assist them. A few squashed turtles or ducklings are better than a family of humans in a minivan being killed trying avoid your dangerously positioned vehicle.

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