Wednesday, 16 May 2018

This town kills thousands of rattlesnakes in a single weekend

quote [ Animal rights activists hate it. Residents profit from it. Welcome to Sweetwater, Texas—the home of the biggest rattlesnake roundup in the world.  ]

Doing the rattlesnake shake
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[by ScoobySnacks]
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milkman666 said @ 12:03am GMT on 17th May
I'm not saying those things aren't frightening. Shit, I'm all for deer and bear hunting, which is done in my area. That though seems to be a bit more regulated. Rattler-Armageddon does not. To be fair the article doesn't go to much in depth, so if there conservationist group, or land management organizations that give this the same kind of pass that is given to deer, bear, and other wild game hunting then thats cool.

I can imagine there being a need to control the rattler population, due to changes in the environment brought on by human habitation. Maybe there are no longer the right amount of birds of prey, or other predators too keep them in check. I didn't see that argument being made. What i read was "snakes are scary" and "it makes us money". Is there a hunting license involved? Is there a cap to how many pounds can be caught? Are there provisions to keep the population stable by not indiscriminately killing babies or destroying eggs? What are the allowed and the disallowed methods of hunting? Why is gasoline apparently a valid hunting implement?

These are important. Because it speaks to a thoughtful approach to the land and the animals that live there. Its also important to the people, because this means they are not doing the hunting equivalent of slash and burn farming. This hunt as outlined, just seems like a big cash grab.


milkman666 said @ 12:10am GMT on 17th May
I'm not saying those things aren't frightening. Shit, I'm all for deer and bear hunting, which is done in my area. That though seems to be a bit more regulated. Rattler-Armageddon does not. To be fair the article doesn't go to much in depth, so if there conservationist group, or land management organizations that give this the same kind of pass that is given to deer, bear, and other wild game hunting then thats cool.

I can imagine there being a need to control the rattler population, due to changes in the environment brought on by human habitation. Maybe there are no longer the right amount of birds of prey, or other predators too keep them in check. I didn't see that argument being made. What i read was "snakes are scary" and "it makes us money". Is there a hunting license involved? Is there a cap to how many pounds can be caught? Are there provisions to keep the population stable by not indiscriminately killing babies or destroying eggs? What are the allowed and the disallowed methods of hunting? Why is gasoline apparently a valid hunting implement?

These are important. Because it speaks to a thoughtful approach to the land and the animals that live there. Its also important to the people, because this means they are not doing the hunting equivalent of slash and burn farming. This hunt as outlined, just seems like a big cash grab.

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https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/wildlife_diversity/nongame/media/TPWD-SHWG-Report.pdf

And here is some work at least in regards to gassing.



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milkman666 said @ 12:03am GMT on 17th May [Score:2 Insightful]
I'm not saying those things aren't frightening. Shit, I'm all for deer and bear hunting, which is done in my area. That though seems to be a bit more regulated. Rattler-Armageddon does not. To be fair the article doesn't go to much in depth, so if there conservationist group, or land management organizations that give this the same kind of pass that is given to deer, bear, and other wild game hunting then thats cool.

I can imagine there being a need to control the rattler population, due to changes in the environment brought on by human habitation. Maybe there are no longer the right amount of birds of prey, or other predators too keep them in check. I didn't see that argument being made. What i read was "snakes are scary" and "it makes us money". Is there a hunting license involved? Is there a cap to how many pounds can be caught? Are there provisions to keep the population stable by not indiscriminately killing babies or destroying eggs? What are the allowed and the disallowed methods of hunting? Why is gasoline apparently a valid hunting implement?

These are important. Because it speaks to a thoughtful approach to the land and the animals that live there. Its also important to the people, because this means they are not doing the hunting equivalent of slash and burn farming. This hunt as outlined, just seems like a big cash grab.

+=Additional=+
https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/wildlife_diversity/nongame/media/TPWD-SHWG-Report.pdf

And here is some work at least in regards to gassing.




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