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County may ban non-native snakes


County may ban non-native snakes
Dr. George Hill


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Wilson County News
November 21, 2012
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The Wilson County Commissioners Court is working with veterinarian Dr. George Hill to create a resolution outlawing residents from possessing nonindigenous snakes.

Hill, who addressed the commissioners at their Nov. 14 meeting, said a client contacted him after recently purchasing a cobra from an exposition in San Antonio. The client since has agreed to sell the cobra, but Hill expressed concern over a non-native snake escaping and presenting a threat to residents.

“If you’re bitten by a cobra, you’re dead in 30 minutes,” Hill said.

Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney suggested that in addition to the county taking action, Hill should work with the state Legislature to help institute tougher rules statewide. LeAnn Hosek, coordinator of the Wilson County Emergency Management Agency, said current state rules allow residents to purchase permits for just $20 to keep venomous snakes.

“For $60, [residents] can breed them,” Hosek said.

Restriction of “nonindigenous” snakes will prohibit nonvenomous snakes, such as boa constrictors. It will not prevent someone from keeping rattlesnakes and other native species.

Also during the meeting, the commissioners:

•Approved an interlocal agreement with Lubbock County for a regional public defender for capital cases.

•Designated the Wilson County fire marshal, emergency management coordinator, floodplain administrator, and county health officer as being allowed to execute administrative search warrants to check for compliance of county rules related to subdivisions, flood control, recreational-vehicle parks, leased housing units, fire, health, and building regulations.

•Canvassed the results of the Nov. 6 general election and special election for the creation of the Wilson County Emergency Services District No. 3.

**In attendance: Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney and commissioners Albert Gamez Jr., Paul Pfeil, Ricky Morales, and Larry Wiley; County Treasurer Jan Hartl, Emergency Management Coordinator LeAnn Hosek, County Clerk Eva Martinez, Wilson County Health and Public Safety Office Coordinator Edwin Baker, County Attorney Russell Wilson, County Auditor Verna Gorzell, Assistant County Auditor Kristin Labus, and Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr.

 

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PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
February 4, 2013 1:28pm
 
Two very dangerous phrases... 1. It could happen. 2. There ought to be a law.

 
Ed Nelson  
Houston, TX  
February 4, 2013 9:44am
 
The chances of tropical constrictors posing a hazard to either the citizens or animal life of Wilson County is negligible. While I am certain the good Dr. is sincere in his concern, I wonder if he would be willing to ban the ... More ›

 
squawk box  
Pandora, Tx  
February 2, 2013 3:28pm
 
Christians are biased against reptiles. Something to do with that garden where Adam and Eve lived.

 
Shannon Donoho  
Tomah, Wi  
February 2, 2013 3:14pm
 
@Tired of Labels. The child killed in Florida, Where did it state the snake was trying to eat the child? "but a full sized Boa is another story" Do you know anything about snakes? The albino python that killed the ... More ›

 
Alvin Charmaine  
January 31, 2013 7:06pm
 
We should ban some of the indiginous snakes too. Just ban all snakes. Why discriminate against non native snakes. Ban them all then we dont have to worry about them getting tangled in my lawnmower blade.

 
jscrick  
Elmendorf  
January 30, 2013 4:45pm
 
An extreme overreaction to a very unfortunate incident. Having dealt with Dr. Hill in the past, I would not rush to judgement on his opinion alone. He talks a good game, but does not inspire me with confidence. Isn't there ... More ›

 
Rabble Rouser Extraordinaire  
Adkins, TX  
November 29, 2012 7:58am
 
See lots on snakes at the the county/city offices! How can one tell which is non-native?

 
Wendy Strange  
La Vernia, TX  
November 29, 2012 7:43am
 
Why not just introduce a law stating owners of poisonous animals must supply a minimum of 2 anti-venom per reptile or animal? They pay for the anti-venom and it is kept at the local EMR unit. This would not inhibit any future ... More ›

 
Connect the Dots  
Floresville  
November 25, 2012 9:04pm
 
What they oughta do is ban unscrupulous veterinarians. Thank God for Dr. Glover.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
November 25, 2012 9:06am
 
Will the county create a extra law enforcement position to combat the looming crisis. Heck, they can't even control the feral hog population.

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