Hummer Holidays Squishing Skinks

Near the town of Blue Mountains, Canadian Hummer Adventures lets people drive Hummers through forests, over log piles and down steep hills. This worries conservationists. "The frogs get in these holes and think, 'Oh, that's great,' but then the next vehicle through squashes them," says Bob Bowles, 62, looking to some muddy tracks. Mr. Bowles, a field naturalist, said there were many more animals 10 or 15 years ago.

Out of the eight turtle species in Ontario, six are at risk of ending up on the endangered list, including spotted turtles and wood turtles. The five-lined skink, the only lizard left in Ontario, and the eastern massasauga rattlesnake are also at risk, according to Mr. Bowles.
According to Alwynne Gwilt of the Globe and Mail, The conservationists and recreation revellers sit on either side of the issue, which is gaining increasing attention as more people cry out for environmental awareness, while buying cottages to escape to in their cars each weekend.

Andrew Miller, owner of Canadian Hummer Adventures, says that his company is environmentally friendly. He fuels his hummers with 100% vegetable oil and belongs to treadlightly.org, that educates ATV and hummer owners about environmentally sound practices.

Bob Bowles, who runs Kids for Turtles, which spreads the word about amphibians and reptiles at risk, wants more regulation of ATV's and off-roaders.

"There's a lack of education about the fact we all live on one Earth and once it's gone, it's gone," he says sadly, while looking at a towering rock face covered in spray paint. "It seems silly not to protect it." ::Globe and Mail

Tags: Conservation | Ontario | Turtles

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