If it is on a road where it may get run over, it’s OK to move it to the other side of the road IN THE DIRECTION IT WAS GOING, but DO NOT TAKE it away to a river, pond or wetland. It is probably looking for a place to nest, and knows where it wants to go. Wash your hands after you handle it.
Don’t take it somewhere else. It isn’t lost. It knows where it is going. It is illegal for you to take it home or to another site.
It’s illegal to purchase them or move them from another site. It’s a “build it and they will come” situation. Make your site worthy and maybe, just maybe, turtles will find it.
Technical and even financial assistance may be available for you to enhance wildlife habitat around your rural pond. Contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District and Watershed Council for details.
A variety of construction and maintenance activities, even habitat restoration projects, can inadvertently cause harm to populations of rare native turtles.
If you see a turtle in or near your project work area, or have reason to believe they may be present, contact your local ODFW office before proceeding. Technical assistance is available to figure out how to plan and implement your project with turtles in mind. There may even be ways your project can improve habitat for turtles.
Covered in the book are specific guidelines for: