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Conservationists Urge Wis. DNR to Keep Turtle Protected

Posted at: 04/15/2013 10:39 AM

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Conservationists want the state Department of Natural Resources to reconsider taking the Blanding's turtle off the endangered species list.

DNR zoologist Terrell Hyde says that of the 16 species the agency is recommending for removal from the list, the Blanding's turtle is getting the most attention. Hyde says the agency's assessment of the turtle, with a distinctive yellow throat, shows a 10 percent to 30 percent decline in its population, but that there's evidence the turtle is producing offspring.

The construction industry is among those supporting the turtle's delisting. Because it's protected, builders are required to file additional paperwork on how they will take steps to minimize harm to the species.

The State Journal says wildlife researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison believe the DNR's assessment of the population is flawed.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal

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