Anyone trying to traverse Burlington, Ontario, via King Road anytime in the next few weeks will be out of luck, as officials have opted to shut down the road for nearly a month -- to help out some salamanders. For the third year in a row, the city has stopped traffic to allow for the safe passage of Jefferson salamanders, an endangered species that lives throughout southern Ontario.
"What basically happens is that adult salamanders migrate to their breeding ponds in mid-March or early April," conservationist Hassaan Basit told Metro News Canada. "So, lots of jokes about ‘Why did the salamander cross the road?' come to mind, but it's basically to breed."
Basit suggested that other cities in the region consider similar strategies to assist the species as well, because the change in Burlington has been "very significant" in helping the migrating salamanders from becoming roadkill.
According to Burlington's mayor, Rick Golding, the community has been incredibly supportive of saving the salamanders. "This is a fine example of how the city takes environmental issues very, very seriously," Golding said.