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Since when is it wrong to have 2 outlets cover the same story? And when one of the pieces is written by someone who wrote the book on the topic?
As a local resident, I’d appreciate any more information on this that you can offer. I would like to advocate for the snakes, and more stories and sources would help when we write letters to our state authorities.
Good point, Mary, and thanks for raising it. In this case, we mostly wanted to give a talented young science writer a forum for his very detailed exploration of the issue. In fact, as befitting a dissertation, the piece was so detail rich that we figured it was a bounty of information for any reader.
Still, it’s worth noting – and may be helpful to you – that these are far from the only information sources about the rattlesnake reintroduction program at Quabbin Island. For instance, masslive.com has done a terrific job of tracking the issue. I linked to one story but there are many more on the site. It’s been covered by the Salt Lake City paper, among others. By WBUR, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and The Christian Science Monitor, and The Boston Globe, among many others.
And, by the way, I also advocate for snakes. They’re beautiful, fascinating creatures and far more respectful of us than we are of them.