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Crime & Punishment: Belligerent Turtles in Plainville
Plainville has apparently been invaded by belligerent turtles. Resident Dan Spisak told the Bristol Press he witnessed two 40-pound snapping turtles chasing ducks at a town park. He says he picked them up by the tails, stashed them in a cooler and transferred them to a pond on a friend's isolated 140-acre property. Two days later, he wrangled a 75-pound turtle, which he feared might attack a child (you know, as often happens), and did the same with it. Town Naturalist Ruth Hummel chided Spisak's anti-turtle vigilantism, saying, "He has no business taking them off town property. Turtles are very benign and won't hurt anyone." He could also get into trouble with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, whose website warns that it is illegal to relocate turtles without a permit. "A turtle is like a fish," Spisak said in his defense. "I have a fishing license."
By Nick Keppler
July 16, 2013