From the Wareham Department of Natural Resources:
On Wednesday morning WDNR was dispatched to the area of Route 28 for a large snapping turtle that had been struck by a vehicle on the busy roadway. Thanks to passerby’s they were able to get the large snapping turtle off of the main road and await our arrival. The turtle was collected and transported to Cape Wildlife Center to care for shell damage and injuries sustained.
On a more positive note and update, our little one eyed screech owl that was rescued in Wareham is doing great under the care of Zak Mertz, Executive Director of CWC and the incredible CWC crew! We were allowed us to visit the screech today and through the care provided he has become very active again (and a little feisty)! Due to his pre-existing conditions he will not be able to released back into the wild however he will be well cared for in his new managed environment with CWC!!
Now back to turtles!
CWC is seeing a significant number of turtle injuries coming into their facility and we are also seeing more turtles than in previous years crossing public ways. Please use caution when driving and we understand your safety is priority but if it is safe to do so, assisting a turtle cross only takes a minute. Always assist a turtle in the direction they are heading and place them in an area safely away from the roadway. Please do not pick up a turtle by their tail because they can sustain injuries. For larger turtles such as snapping turtles, approach them from the back and they can be moved by holding the back of the shell and rear legs. They are stronger than you think and do have claws so try to use gloves if possible. Keep the snapping turtles front legs on the ground (like a wheelbarrow race) and walk the turtle across the road. If that option is not possible lift and carry the snapping turtle in the same fashion and as low to the ground as reasonably possible to minimize injuries if dropped. Last but not least be sure to keep your hands out of their strike zone, they are fast and have a powerful bite!
If you need assistance we can be contacted at 508-291-3100 x 3180