No progress with Rattlesnake Island working group

The working group was supposed to study the plan to bring venomous rattlesnakes to the Quabbin Reservoir

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BOSTON (WWLP) – Almost seven months have passed since the state promised that a working group would be created to study the so-called “Rattlesnake Island” proposal.

The chairman of the legislature’s Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, State Representative Paul Schmid, told 22News, “I haven’t actually heard if we’ve gone any further with the concept.”

The state wants to put endangered rattlesnakes on Mount Zion in the Quabbin Reservoir, a secluded island that’s off-limits to the public. Residents called for more transparency out of fear that these venomous rattlesnakes could swim off the island and become a danger to the public.

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Back in September, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton told 22News that the state has identified the people they want to serve on the working group. Since then, we haven’t heard of any meetings or work take place. Rep. Schmid believes there should be a study before the proposal moves forward.

“We don’t want to be in a position of having species go extinct on our watch,” said Schmid.

If the state moves forward, snakes could start living on Mount Zion by next spring.