Nature has answer to the gopher problem

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By The Staff

Nature has answer to the gopher problem

So, Los Alamos County is having a gopher population explosion. That does not surprise me. When you kill off the predators, (bullsnakes, rattlesnakes, etc.) the prey species will take over. Our comprehensive plan says that we will protect our wildlife, but snakes are still getting the back end of the shovel.

Instead of coexisting with the non-venomous snakes, we either killed them off or relocated them to areas that were less inhabited. Many bullsnakes were killed because residents believed them to be rattlesnakes.  One of the ways a non-venomous snake will defend itself is to mimic a rattlesnake. Most snakes will vibrate their tail, coil and strike but the bullsnake also resembles the rattlesnake in coloring and pattern. Once the bullsnake gets over 3 feet long and is the perfect size for dispatching gophers, people perceive the snake as a threat. It doesn't take much of an effort to kill off our wonderful bullsnake population.

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