Look before they leap.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation is urging motorists to be careful and avoid mowing down helpless amphibians as they hop across roads to migrate during mating season.
“As the State’s Wildlife Action Plan identifies road mortality as a significant threat to frogs, toads, and salamanders, I encourage all New Yorkers and visitors traveling through our state to keep an eye out for amphibians, and our committed community of volunteers helping them cross the road,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said in a statement released Monday.
The DEC says the annual migration of salamanders and the state amphibian, the wood frog, hit early this year due to warm, rainy weather.
“When these conditions align just so, there can be… hundreds of amphibians on the move, many having to cross roads,” the agency explained.
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