Turtle M17 "Superturtle"
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Turtle M17 was found crossing the road  on 7/7/11 after a warm afternoon thunderstorm.  I thought this male was a resident of this study population, and he did spend about a month in the area passing very close to at least 2 tracked females, but on August 10th he traveled  back across the road and left the area for the rest of the season.

After successfully crossing multiple roads, ridges and pastures,  he walked into the St. Mary's Wilderness Area (USFS) where he hibernated, and was lost.

I don't know if he deposited DNA into this population's gene pool, or if he makes occasional visits to this population.  It may all be a waste if recruitment is eliminated by the uncontrolled populations of raccoons, foxes, etc.
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PROMOTION OF GENE FLOW BY TRANSIENT INDIVIDUALS IN AN OTHERWISE SEDENTARY POPULATION OF BOX TURTLES, A. R. KIESTER,  August 18, 1981
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