New Ala. coastal fence aids endangered turtle

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Officials say a new fence erected on the Alabama coast appears to be protecting the endangered Alabama red-bellied turtle.

The fence keeps the turtle in its Mobile Delta habitat and off a busy highway where it sometimes becomes road-kill.

Experts tracking the turtle population said Tuesday the number of hatchlings struck by vehicles on the Mobile Causeway declined from 94 in 2007 to 19 so far this year.

University of South Alabama herpetologist David Nelson said the credit goes to the low-barrier fence erected by the Alabama Department of Transportation along about three miles of the highway.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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