Thursday, September 25, 2008

Helicopters Dumped Rattlesnakes

Tidewater News [VA]
25 September 2008

Rattlesnake rumors `ridiculous,' state officials say

By R.E. Spears III

[...] With cell-phone photos to bolster their case, some Statesville-area residents reported recently that they had actually seen a rattlesnake -- reports differed on what kind -- in someone's yard.

Before long, a backstory had been created, with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries in the sinister role of the government agency trying to save a protected species by taking reckless actions that would endanger actual people in the community.

Helicopters with boxes full of rattlers had been seen flying over the area, and the reptiles had been "reintroduced" to Southampton County by game wardens dumping them into swampy, low-lying areas in southern Virginia or, possibly, as far south as North Carolina. [...]