Some oppose placing timber rattlesnakes on Mount Tom

The rattlesnake review group is accepting public comments

BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) – Nearly 50 people attended Tuesday night’s public meeting of the rattlesnake review group in Belchertown.

After Belchertown residents expressed strong opposition to creating a timber rattlesnake colony on the Quabbin Reservoir, the group is considering other locations. One of those locations is Mount Tom in Holyoke, which is already a timber rattlesnake habitat.

Some residents don’t see the sense in introducing rattlesnakes to popular hiking spots. Kenneth Walker of Wilbraham told 22News, “They don’t belong in this area. I don’t feel that with the camping, fishing, the hiking and all that, there’s going to be a detrimental impact.”

The rattlesnake review group is accepting public comments both online and on special forms. Click Here to submit your input.


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