Sign warns drivers to slow down for turtles
Sign warns drivers to slow down for turtles A "Turtle Crossing" sign warns drivers just east of West Terre Haute, Indiana (AP photos)
Sign warns drivers to slow down for turtles
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State crews in Indiana have put up "Turtle Crossing" signs along a busy road that runs beside a wildlife area in Terre Haute.

The signs mark an area where turtles of various species are killed by vehicles as they try to cross National Avenue on the northern edge of the Wabashiki Fish and Wildlife Area, said Amber Slaughterbeck. She is natural resource programmer for the Vigo County parks department.

Slaughterbeck said she hoped the signs will raise awareness among drivers. She first noticed the problem in 2009 when she was a student at nearby St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. She told the Tribune-Star newspaper she found dead turtles all over the road.

"It was like a massacre of these turtles, so I pulled my car over and started walking along the guardrail," she said. "At that point, I thought I would save just a few turtles and see where it goes. I came back the next day and the next day and realized that there were a lot of turtles to be saved."

Slaughterbeck and volunteers have moved more than 2,000 turtles from the roadside. The turtles are taken to a nearby lake.

Indiana Department of Transportation spokeswoman Debbie Calder said the signs are temporary while the agency considers ways to protect the reptiles. She said the ultimate plan is to raise money for fencing and tunnels.

"It is not just the turtles. We have pulled river otters out of the road," she said. "We ideally would like a tunnel big enough to allow the river otters, the beavers and all the other animals to cross underneath."

Critical thinking challenge: Why are so many turtles near this busy highway?

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  • Warriorheart56
    11/26/2014 - 12:40 p.m.

    Look out! Turtle crossing! Better get lighter cars, or a sign. It's good that the crews put up a sign to warn the people about the turtles. But the crews have to put up river otter crossing too.

  • calebbeast111
    11/26/2014 - 05:08 p.m.

    In this story Indiana have in a turtle crossing signs to prevent cars killing turtle that try to cross National Avenue. Amber Slauterbeck said she hopes these signs rise awareness to the drivers.

  • Brady_TwenniWan
    11/26/2014 - 05:19 p.m.

    I feel bad for the turtles. The drivers need to be more careful around that area from now on. If they put in a sign it might help but not really that much. And I'm not sure if they would use the tunnel. I don't know why they would cross the road maybe they are just curious?

  • SabrinaP-5
    11/26/2014 - 11:00 p.m.

    Luckily they made that turtle crossing sign as soon as they did, cause there could of been more deaths of turtles if they didn't make that sign soon enough. The sign will for sure show drivers that there are a lot of turtle sightings when driving. This will show drivers to slow down when they see something walking in the road. There will be less turtle deaths with this sign and hopefully if they build that tunnel then the turtles will be extra safe.

    The turtles are near this highway cause their natural habitat is right where the highway is. The turtles don't know what they are doing when crossing. All the turtles know is where they want to go and how to get there. The turtles have no common sense to look both ways before walking like humans do. That's why the turtles are so close to the highway.

  • JackD-3
    11/26/2014 - 11:35 p.m.

    This article was about how a sign warns about the crossing of turtles. Turtles cross Northern Avenue and are getting killed. The turtles were dying all of the time before the sign was put up. The sign was put up in hopes to raise awareness about how turtles die all of the time when drivers drive across this busy road. Some of the turtles were also moved to a lake nearby to keep the turtles from getting run over.

    I think the fact that these turtles are dying is very sad. I hope people will soon stop running the turtles over so that the turtles have more of a chance at life.

  • LylaH-1
    11/27/2014 - 02:47 p.m.

    Crews in Indiana have begun to put up signs with the words, "Turtles Crossing". Various numbers of species of animals have been known to be killed near the sign to raise awareness. A natural resource programmer first heard about the problem when she spotted many dead turtles near the area. Slaughter back and volunteers moved more than 2000 turtles from the road. The ultimate plan of the sign is to raise money for fencing and tunnels for the animals. I hope people become aware of the growing problem of dead animals around Indiana.

  • ksadat-5
    11/27/2014 - 07:21 p.m.

    The state of Indiana has now put up "Turtle Crossing" signs next to a crowded road that is very close to a wild life area. They put the sign up in areas where turtles of different species would be hit by cars when trying to cross the road. This would result in the turtles' death. Volunteers have been saving the turtles by taking them off the roads when seen. The purpose of the signs is to raise awareness about the turtles that have died.

    I think that this is an amazing thing to be done. In the state of Indiana, turtle crossing signs have been put up to raise awareness about many turtles that have died crossing the roads. Many volunteers have helped save them. This is an act of pure kindness and devotion to animals. By doing this, it shows that there are some people out there who only care about themselves, but there are others who are selfless.

  • NikkiS-5
    11/27/2014 - 08:02 p.m.

    In Indiana "Turtle Crossing" signs have been placed on roads next to wildlife areas. This will try to make drivers more aware off the turtles that cross the road. Slaughterbeck first noticed this problem in 2009. She was walking along the road and claimed to see a turtle massacre. Turtles are not the only animals in danger. Beavers and river otters also have been found along the road. Slaughterbeck hopes to build a tunnel under the road, so these animals can cross safely. I think that Slaughterbeck is right to have been helping these animals. It is good to prevent as many deaths as possible.

  • SabrinaD3
    11/28/2014 - 12:14 a.m.

    In Indiana signs have been put up that read turtle crossing in order to save turtles. Amber Slaughterbeck first brought up this issue in 2009 when she saw dead turtles all over the road. She took her issue to the Indiana department of transportation and got signs put up protecting the turtles. The signs are ment as temporary turtle protection, and will later be replaced with fencing on the sides of the road and or tunnels leading underneath the road.
    The turtle delima in Indiana is very strange. I don't really understand why turtles need to cross highways to get to more forest, but it is great people are not just ignoring all the dead turtles in the road. I hope more is done for the protection of the turtles and other affected animals.

  • RyanR2014
    11/28/2014 - 06:57 a.m.

    Wow, that is really amazing how they are helping all the turtles. Was there more than the 2,000 in the wildlife area near the road?

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