RE: NANFA-- OT: shooting turtles

Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS (
Wed, 3 Mar 2004 18:38:12 -0800

>>> I reason that when it is in his
yard, it is a varmint... They also attract rattlesnakes. While neither he
nor I would consider
wantonly killing a rattlesnake in the open desert, ones on his property are

So...for a "varmint," the failure to respect the property rights of humans
is a capital offense ?

>>>...5' + Western
Diamondback. You don't want them living in your yard even if you don't have
kids or
pets. Venomous snake bites seriously damage healthy adults. I reason
rattlesnakes in his yard are varmints...<<<<

I reason that we humans are the interlopers and have a responsibility to the
wildlife that lives (or lived) where we now build our homes. Comparatively
few people are bitten by snakes. And according to one herpetologist whose
opinion I value highly, most of those bitten were probably provoking the
snake before it bit. In my opinion, killing snakes because they might bite
you is like killing bees because they might sting you. Its environmentally

>>>By the way, what are the ethics of trapping turtles and releasing them in
other waters? Same as NANFA ethics on releasing fish? <<<

Probably not. Aquatic turtles are a lot less site-restricted than fishes.
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