Idlewild Lake’s colourful painted turtles are being moved to another nearby lake in advance of dam repair work later this summer. (Featured Photo: Leigh Anne Isaac/VAST)
It’s moving day in Cranbrook — if you’re a turtle.
The southern B.C. city’s dam on Idlewild Lake is scheduled to undergo repairs beginning in August. But the lake is prime habitat for the western painted turtle — a species the province deems to be at risk — so the city of Cranbrook is paying a local natural resource management company to move them to a new home
Leigh Anne Isaac, senior wildlife biologist with VAST, has spent the last few weeks cruising around the lake in a canoe with her two-person crew, scooping up turtles and then measuring them, marking them and moving them to the relocation site, a lake located in a nearby forest.
“It’s actually a really fun job,” Isaac told CBC Daybreak South host Chris Walker. “We snag turtles of all sizes.”.