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Southern Maine to get turtle crossing signs

YORK (AP) -- New signs will alert drivers in southern Maine to the presence of rare turtles that may attempt to cross roadways.

The Nature Conservancy says the signs will be installed at endangered turtle crossing locations in Wells, South Berwick and York with the goal of reducing car collisions with Blanding's and spotted turtles. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is cooperating with the Nature Conservancy on the sign effort.

The conservancy says May to July are critical months for protecting Maine's turtles because that is when females attempt to reach nesting areas, which often involves crossing roads. Both species are protected under Maine's Endangered Species Act.

The signs will only be used seasonally.