The Wenatchee World

Weather:

Weather

The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast

Tonight

Lo32° Rain/Snow

Saturday

Hi36° Rain/Snow

Saturday Night

Lo36° Rain

Sunday

Hi45° Slight Chc Rain

Sunday Night

Lo35° Slight Chc Rain

Monday

Hi42° Mostly Sunny

Monday Night

Lo34° Chance Rain

Tuesday

Hi43° Chance Rain

Tuesday Night

Lo33° Slight Chc Rain

Wednesday

Hi38° Chance Rain

Proposal to ban ‘gassing’ of rattlesnakes in Texas ignites backlash

Send to Kindle
Print This

FORT WORTH, Texas — State wildlife officials are circling Texas seeking public views on banning the controversial but 6-decade-old use of gasoline fumes to drive hated rattlesnakes out of cracks, crevices and sinkholes, and into the clutches of hunters who enter them at rattler roundup contests with top prizes of $500 or sell them to dealers at $10 a pound or more.

Nowhere is the proposed rule change as emotive a topic than in Sweetwater, 192 miles west of Fort Worth, a town of 10,600 that swells to 35,000 during the “world’s largest rattlesnake roundup” each March. A ban could cripple the festival, predict officials, who say 80 percent of the snakes brought in are caught by gassing.

View my optionsorSign in