Volunteers help salamanders avoid roadway massacre

NEW HAVEN, Vt. (AP) - Salamanders, frogs and newts in Vermont are getting their own personal crossing guards during their mating season.

On rainy nights in early spring, roads between forests and vernal pools are hopping and crawling with activity. Dozens of volunteers turned out to help the amphibians cross the street without getting squished by passing cars.

But they can't save them all. The escorts, sometimes called bucket brigades, counted up hundreds of flattened amphibians.

The volunteers might not be the creatures' only hope. Vermont is considering digging tunnels under the road so animals can safely cross. So far, the town has received $25,000 of the $350,000 the project is expected to cost.

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