Shawsheen River / Andover, Massachusetts.

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Don't Touch!
Excerpt from "King of the Snappers" by Richard Conniff, as it appeared in "Yankee" magazine June, 1989. "Not even wildlife researchers appreciated the size of the snapper population, he said.A Massachusetts wildlife refuge once gave him permission to test his skills on a snapping turtle population estimated at 50 individuals."I got 1,284 snapping turtles averaging over 20 pounds.And I can guarantee you if I went there now I could take 100 in a morning."   "Next year is my 26th year," he said. "I've caught 84,000 snappers. The state I've hit the most is New York, and I haven't hit 95% of the water bodies." John J. Rogers