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        Jamaica Bay: Terrapin Predators

        In this Wild TV segment, scientists study raccoons and terrapins (turtles) in Jamaica Bay in New York City. Wildlife biologist Russell Burke describes the difficulty terrapins have raising their young. Although there are about 2000 nests per year on Jamaica Bay, predators like raccoons eat the terrapins' eggs. Scientists are studying the situation to find out what needs to be done. They are trying to find a natural solution that won't harm either species. They trap and track raccoons with radio collars to find out what their lifestyle is like. They also help protect the terrapin nests and hatchlings (newborn terrapins).


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