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August 28, 2006


Sarpy Sam

Something similar around my neck of the woods is what they call "bucket Biology." This is where fishermen move fish from one watershed to another because they think it is appropriate. Then the invading fish destroy the native fish in an area.

One of the first discussions I always have with a hired hand when he signs on is that only in the direst of circumstances do we kill any critters on my place. Rattlesnakes, skunks, fox, porcupine, badger and many others that ranchers normally kill I leave alone. They have a place in the ecology, most of them don't overproduce, and they aren't harming us.

About the only critter I make an exception for is prairie dogs. Them things breed so fast that the only way to control them is shoot them when you see them. Otherwise you will have thousands of acres taken over by them in a few years. Usually the plague hits them then and kills most of them but I just don't want the boom and bust on my place. Plenty of other land they are taking over, they don't need mine.


No, I believe this individual is motivated by the prospect of reestablishing snakes in parts of their historic range where they have been extirpated. This is a very risky strategy that is not his to adopt, and even if a reputable restoration effort were undertaken by the appropriate authorites, depopulating a robust site to try and colonize an unoccupied one is highly irresponsible and would not be considered.


Do you mean this person has relocated the snakes to what he thinks is a better site?

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