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Box Turtles Along I-69 Route Get Relocated

The turtles are being housed in a wildlife refuge at least until the section of highway near their home is completed.

Box Turtle

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An eastern box turtle, like the ones being relocated for I-69 construction.

The state has temporarily relocated about 60 turtles who have made their homes along the path of the Interstate 69 extension in Southwest Indiana. The eastern box turtle is not endangered, but its numbers have been dropping. The Department of Natural Resources has rounded up as many as it can find near the highway construction and placed them in temporary custody in a wildlife refuge.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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