John Hinderaker at Power Line posted an article yesterday about a wildlife plan in Massachusetts that seems a little unwise. Massachusetts had made some bad decisions in the past concerning wildlife–resulting in a rabies problem in certain areas of the state and an overabundance of raccoons, skunks, coyotes, and fisher cats, but this decision is really a bit over the top.
The article reports:
A plan by the state to establish a colony of venomous timber rattlesnakes on an off-limits island in Massachusetts’ largest body of water has some rattled by visions of dangerous serpents slithering through the surrounding woods, attacking hikers, fishermen and hunters.
…There are only about 200 of the endangered snakes indigenous to Massachusetts left in five scattered pockets from greater Boston to the Berkshires, French (Tom French of the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife) said. Loss of habitat and human-caused deaths means they could disappear altogether, which is why the Quabbin project is so critical.
When Massachusetts built Route 128 around Boston, they discovered nests of rattlesnakes. Those nests are pretty much gone now. I suspect that most residents of the state consider that a good thing.
The article concludes:
The public’s concerns stem from the fact that rattlesnakes can swim and the island is connected to the mainland by a pair of narrow causeways, French said.
I think we can expect property values on the mainland overlooking the island to decrease rapidly. This is simply not smart.
I will admit to being more than slightly paranoid. I live near Boston, and what happened at the Boston Marathon was a serious wake-up call. With this is mind, I am not happy about the way a recent event was handled.
CBS Boston reported yesterday that seven people were caught trespassing near the Quabbin Reservoir. The Quabbin Reservoir is the water supply for Boston. The trespassers were Pakistani.
The article reports:
State Police say there were no warrants or advisories on any of the individuals and “there was no evidence that the seven were committing any crime beyond the trespassing.”
All seven were allowed to leave and will be summonsed to court for trespassing. The FBI is investigating and routine checks of public water supplies have been increased following the incident.
I hope that this is not the whole story. Pakistan is a country heavily infiltrated by Al Qaeda–it is known for fomenting terrorism. A Pakistani scientist is probably the person most responsible for Iran’s progress toward a nuclear bomb. To allow these people to leave and assume that they will show up in court later seems very naive. I would be willing to let them leave if we tapped their phones and cell phones and put ankle bracelets on them. Otherwise, they may somehow disappear between now and the time of their court appearance.