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Contact(s): Rori Paloski, 608-264-6040,
August 20, 2019

MADISON, Wis. - A proposed La Crosse County bridge project may result in the "incidental taking" of a rare snake and turtle under an authorization the Department of Natural Resources proposes to issue for the project. Incidental take refers to the unintentional loss of individual endangered or threatened animals or plants that does not put the overall population of the species at risk.

The DNR proposes to conduct repairs to four bridges on state property in La Crosse County.

The presence of the state threatened wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) and state endangered and federally threatened eastern massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus) has been confirmed in the vicinity of the project site. The DNR staff determined that the proposed project may result in the incidental taking of some snakes and turtles.

The department has concluded that the proposed project will minimize the impacts to the species by adhering to conservation measures; is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence and recovery of the state population of the species or the whole plant-animal community of which they are a part; and has benefit to the public health, safety or welfare that justifies the action.

The conservation measures to minimize the adverse effect on the endangered and threatened species will be incorporated into the proposed Incidental Take Authorization. Copies of the jeopardy assessment and background information on the eastern massasauga and wood turtle are available by searching the DNR website for "incidental take public notice" or upon request from Rori Paloski (608-264-6040 or

The department is requesting comments from the public through Sept. 3, 2019, regarding project-related impacts to the eastern massasauga and wood turtle. Send public comments to Rori Paloski, DNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921 or

Last Revised: Tuesday, August 20, 2019

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