Massachusetts' proposed rattlesnake sanctuary making some people anxious
Venomous rattlesnakes and humans have long had a tricky relationship, but a proposed measure in Massachusetts could prevent future harm.
The intended beneficiaries of the potentially life-saving measure are the reptiles, which have, over the years, significantly declined in numbers.
In an effort to help timber rattlesnake populations rebound, the Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife would like to establish a sanctuary on a nearby island.
More on the plans and the Reservoir:
Called Mount Zion and located in the Quabbin Reservoir, the area has for some time been off-limits to people, one of the snake's largest threats.
Many have expressed concerns about the plan and particularly about the possibility of it becoming too successful.
Among the fears is that the rejuvenated species will return to the mainland in Biblical proportions.
Officials ensure that while the snakes can, indeed, swim, they would unlikely survive such a journey for long.
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