Service, Jeff Corwin team up to shed light on the toll trafficking takes on wild turtles

Conservationist Jeff Corwin teamed up with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and partners from the Massachusetts Army National Guard and Massachusetts Environmental Police to raise awareness about challenges facing North America’s native turtles and tortoises, including wildlife trafficking. Join Jeff in the field to track eastern box turtles and learn how you can help keep them wild. 

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, and car strikes when crossing roads, they are under pressure from illegal collection.   

But turtles can live long lives if we let them. If you believe someone is collecting or selling wild turtles illegally, call your state agency or submit a wildlife crime tip to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 1-844-FWS-TIPS (397-8477) or

Here are ways you can help protect native turtles:

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