Turtles draw major media and WDFW to Lyle



MAKING A COME-BACK: The Department of Fish and Wildlife was in Lyle last week to check on the western pond turtle population, once down to 150 in the entire state.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) spent much of the second week in July working to capture and monitor western pond turtles, including work with the turtles in Klickitat County. On July 9, the agency, working in collaboration with the Oregon Zoo, was in Lyle to check on the endangered animal.

It was a big enough deal to draw major media to little Lyle. A big story on the turtles ran yesterday in the Seattle Times.

In 1990 there were only 150 pond turtles in all of Washington State. Today, there are six separate populations, with 1,800 turtles reintroduced in sites across the state.

While steadily making gains to recover the turtles, progress remains hampered by the pre...

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