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Eversource trains workers to protect turtles

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AGAWAM, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Eversource and the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife teamed up to protect families of turtles that may be in harms way. 

Wood turtles and Eastern box turtles are of special concern in Massachusetts. They live in wooded areas where Eversource crews often work.
 
On Thursday, Eversource teamed up with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife in Agawam to trained their employees on how to spot those turtles.
 
"It also empowers our contractor to know what to do if they run into a turtle while they are out working," said Frank Poirot, Spokesperson for Eversource. 
 
David Paulson, a Biologist, told Western Mass News he taught Eversource crews how to spot breeding grounds for  turtles, and how to respond when they see them. 
 
"These habitats are unique and rare on the land scape, as much as they are important for utility purposes. It’s a great habitat plays into it as well," said Paulson. 
 
Those turtles can live for decades, and have been around for millions of years. Paulson said he hopes to ensure they live for a million more.
 
"The adults that might be laying eggs this time of year, moving them safely out of the way ensures generations to follow," Paulson explained. 
 
A certain dog helps find those kinds of turtles, because as hard as humans try, they don’t always see them. 

Specialized dogs get called in for special projects to sniff out the turtles and makes sure those curious creatures move to a new place, and away from Eversource crews.

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