Dewatering and Turtles: no easy solution

MFWP Wildlife Biologists

With the dewatering of Baker Lake well underway, there has been some concern among area residents about what will become of the wildlife inhabiting the lake, especially turtles. The dewatering is a major event. We expect the long-term impacts to be positive for wildlife, but there will be short-term disturbance and displacement, for which there are no easy solutions.

Transporting turtles to other waters might sound like a kind solution, but there can be unintended negative consequences. In one study, almost half of the translocated turtles attempted to move back to the...