almandot: How much proof is necessary to kill a protected species and claim self defense?
Rapmaster2000: Fissile: A few years ago, some people in Jersey found a timber rattler nest in their backyard. The state told them, "Protected species. There is nothing you can do about it. I would stay out of the yard if I was you."This is one of those popular yarns about the over-reaching hand of the evil government that isn't true. You generally can tell because there's no who, where, and when involved in the story.http://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/ensp/pdf/end-thrtened/tmbrrattler.pdfThe ENSP has instituted a nuisance venomous snake response program in areas ofthe state where timber rattlesnakes live in close proximity to people. Volunteers, underthe authority and supervision by the state, capture and remove nuisance timberrattlesnakes that find their way into areas inhabited by people. This results in savingsnakes that might normally be destroyed and provides an opportunity for the public tolearn more about the species. These interactions often result in people becoming moretolerant of the species.There's a popular one about this "couple" who had a beautiful lake until they were beset upon by Canadian geese and since Canadian geese are protected (they're not) they geese destroyed the beach forever.A similar yarn told during fire season is about "some guy in California" who was told by the government he could not clear his property of vegetation because of some desert rat, but this true patriot did it anyway and then the neighborhood burned and he was the last man standing because he stood up to the stupid government and their dumb rat.These stories are popular because the feel right, not because there's any truth to them.
Fissile: A few years ago, some people in Jersey found a timber rattler nest in their backyard. The state told them, "Protected species. There is nothing you can do about it. I would stay out of the yard if I was you."
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