RBG seeks city help in saving turtle population

Hamilton, ON, Canada / AM900 CHML

The City of Hamilton is being asked to assist the local recovery of rare turtle populations.

The RBG’s Tys Theysmeyer suggests lowering the speed limit to 60 kilometres per hour along Cootes Drive and improving wildlife corridors in that same area through bridge changes and barrier fencing.

The current turtle population is estimated at 15 hundred in Cootes Paradise, half of what it was in the 1980′s.

Theysmeyer says destruction of wetland habitat, which is now “partway through recovery” was the major factor. He stresses that turtles being hit by vehicles while on their way to nesting is the second biggest cause.

The public works committee has asked staff to bring back a report addressing the RBG’s requests.

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