News Massachusetts Plans To Infest Island With Rattlesnakes

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    Hey douchebags, snakes swim!

    A plan by the state to establish a colony of venomous timber rattlesnakes on an off-limits island in Massachusetts' largest body of water has some rattled by visions of dangerous serpents slithering through the surrounding woods, attacking hikers, fishermen and hunters.

    Those are completely irrational fears based on the public's aversion to snakes, said Tom French of the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, who's directing the project at the 39-square mile Quabbin Reservoir and representing the state at a public meeting Tuesday to address the concerns.

    French said he's received several emails and phone calls from worried residents who fear the snakes will escape the island.

    "People are afraid that we're going to put snakes in a place of public use and that they are going to breed like rabbits and spread over the countryside and kill everybody," he said.

    There are only about 200 of the endangered snakes indigenous to Massachusetts left in five scattered pockets from greater Boston to the Berkshires, French said. Loss of habitat and human-caused deaths means they could disappear altogether, which is why the Quabbin project is so critical.

    The plan to establish the snakes on Mount Zion — at more than 1,400 acres, the largest island in the reservoir — has been in the works for several years. A handful of snakes will be raised at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island, and placed on the island in a couple more years when they are mature enough to survive in the wild.

    The project has received the endorsement of Gov. Charlie Baker

    The public's concerns stem from the fact that rattlesnakes can swim and the island is connected to the mainland by a pair of narrow causeways, French said.

    Bob Curley, an avid hiker, isn't opposed to the rattlesnake preservation effort; he just doesn't think the Quabbin is the place to do it. Even though Mount Zion of off limits to the public, he's concerned the state will use the snakes as an excuse to shut off public access to areas around the reservoir about 65 miles west of Boston.

    "When the inevitable happens and there is an interplay between a hiker and a rattler, what's the repercussion?" said the Athol resident, who said his dog was bitten by a rattlesnake last summer. "Are the trails around the Quabbin going to be shut down?"

    There is no plan to deny public access to the Quabbin, and concerns that snakes will leave the island and threaten humans are unfounded, French said.

    Rattlesnakes are timid and only strike out when provoked. There have been no documented rattlesnake bite deaths in Massachusetts since colonial times, he said. He can't even recall an accidental bite in his 32 years with the state agency
    even though Massachusetts' rattlesnake populations live largely in public lands that get heavy foot traffic.

    On Mount Zion, the snakes will be safe from human interference, have ideal places to hibernate and plenty of mice and chipmunks to eat.

    "We want one place where the impact of people in not part of the equation," French said.

    The state's message appears to be getting out.

    Nancy Allen, chairwoman of the selectboard in Petersham, a town on the eastern shore of the reservoir, said she heard from fearful residents when the plan became public, but those fears died down once people educated themselves about the project.

    "Once they started to look into the facts, people started to change their minds," she said.

    Peter Mallett, a recreational fisherman who lives in New Salem, a town on the Quabbin's western shore, opposed the snake project at first, but changed his mind after digging deeper.

    "People are just petrified of snakes," he said.
     
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    Massachusetts State Legislature is full of them.
     
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    Quabbin area has a very long history of the people having no say about what happened to the population or the land they once owned. The whole area was forcibly taken in the reservoir area to slowly make the reservoir. It isn't a natural body of water. It had been Indian land and just peoples' houses but the government took a lot away and eventually the water became what it is now. Means that they tore up the fields that were planted and houses. Just a sad time. I guess if we looked up many towns' histories they'd be sad, too.
    As for state government being on board with this, it's such a great plan that I think they borrowed it from Florida! Idiots.
     
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    I'm not familiar with weather patterns there. You know rattlesnakes thrive in the desert. Do they stand a chance in that climate?
     
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    Lord knows we'd hate to lose a species of deadly rattlesnakes!
     
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    They're timber rattlers. I guess they can handle the weather. ???

    Some BIG ass snakes in Texas.

    Did you ever see any?

    I'm scared of snakes.
     
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    I have seen rattlesnakes as fat as your leg and 7 feet long bro. I live in the desert. Ahh, i forgot about the timber, i am used to diamond back

    diamondbackrange.gif
     
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    Trump plans on filling the moat in front of his wall with them.
     
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    We have a small population in Michigan. They're also a lot smaller than their southern cousins, but still very poisonous.
     
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    Holy shit!

    I saw some sidewinders, but they're small and really scared of people.
     
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    I've been to rattlesnake roundup a few times. There are some big fuckers they capture.
     
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    This is a great thing. Timber rattlers are very rare these days. They have been hunted out, squeezed out, just plain outed.
    When I was a youth, You could find one if you knew where to look.
     
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    You read my mind. I grew up around rattlesnakes, killed a bunch of them even ate one one time. However, no snake on the earth scared me more than the time a saw a sidewinder. I ran as fast i could and got the fuck out of there :jj:
     
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    Snakes prey on rodents. If you have snakes, you probably have a bigger problems with rodents.

    I would much rather have snakes.
     
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    You can keep the snake, i will take a cat.
     
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    We used to have copperheads around here but they are long gone.
    Place is becoming a city.
    Still see snapping turtles in the spring laying eggs in my yard.
    They are nothing to play with.
     
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    When the rodents are gone, the snakes will leave too. Cats will move right in... soon you are their shit slave.
     
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