To you and me, Turtle No. 72 looks like an ordinary Eastern box turtle. To the National Park Service, she’s one of 135 turtles counted by researchers, and one of three with transmitters that wander a fifty-acre area near the DC / Maryland border.
To suspected marijuana grower Isiah Johnson, she’s a snitch.
Next time you’re out and about, contemplating illegal activities in the variety of green parks and patches across our area – you’d better watch out. The turtles are out there.
And they’re waiting.