Citizens’ advisory board backs plan for rattlesnake island

Credit: Chris Johns/MGN

BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (AP) – A citizens’ advisory board that makes recommendations to Massachusetts officials has voted in favor of establishing a timber rattlesnake colony on an uninhabited island.

The Recorder reports that the 11-member Quabbin Watershed Advisory Committee on Monday voted 5-2 in favor of the plan, with several abstentions.

Representatives of several sporting, recreational and environmental organizations sit on the committee. Its job is to advise the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Division of Water Supply Protection.

The state wants to establish the venomous snake colony on Mount Zion island, which is off-limits to humans.

Opponents of the plan fear the endangered snakes will get off the Quabbin Reservoir island and injure people and pets. The snakes are native to Massachusetts.

State officials and plan supporters say those fears are unfounded.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s