Conservationists are sounding the alarm about turtles in Ontario, warning all eight species in the province are now in trouble.

The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), a body of wildlife agents from governments, Indigenous and non-profit entities, designated the midland painted turtle as a special concern in April. The designation means these types of turtles may soon become threatened or endangered.

Of all the eight turtle types found in Ontario, it’s the last one to be added to the growing list of species believed to be at risk in southern Ontario.

“I think it’s very disheartening to see all these species at risk,” said Emma Horrigan, a conservation science co-ordinator at Ontario Nature.

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Article by: Gilbert Ngabo

Picture by: Eduardo Lima