Date: 5/8/17 1:32 pm
From: Mary Ann King <office...>
I really get irritated about snake killing also - when I mentioned there was
a 6 foot black snake at the nursery office he said the only good snake was a
dead snake. I told him he would be in serious trouble if he killed my


From: The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List
[mailto:<ARBIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of Joseph Neal
Sent: Monday, May 8, 2017 1:29 PM
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Birding this morning, mainly west of Environmental Study Center, edge
habitats near the lake edge in disk golf course. I was trying to suss out a
Yellow-breasted Chat when I heard 3 gunshots-pause- then 3 or 4 more, down
toward the lake. First gunfire in 35+ years of birding there. This put an
end to what was to that point a fairly productive few hours:

Great Blue Heron (2), Red-tailed Hawk (1), Least Flycatcher (2), Great
Crested Flycatcher (2-3), Eastern Kingbird (2), White-eyed Vireo (3),
Warbling Vireo (3), Red-eyed Vireo (1), Northern Parula (5), Magnolia
Warbler (1), Yellow-throated Warbler (2), American Redstart (1), Northern
Waterthrush (1), Common Yellowthroat (4), Wilson's Warbler (1),
Yellow-breasted Chat (1), Summer Tanager (2), Lincoln's Sparrow (2),
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1).

I heard the gunfire late in the morning and immediately headed over towards
the ESC viewing deck. My assumption: someone with a pistol is shooting
snakes. I HATE HATE HATE the part of Arkansas that thinks the only good
snake is a dead snake. I didn't see who was shooting, but someone called the
police and they were trying to sort it out.

I put it today's shooting to snake killing because I've seen way too much of
it. It is a common ignorance, now aided and abetted by the increasingly
promiscuous plague of widespread carrying of guns everywhere.

My hope is that when the snake shooters wind up at the Pearly Gates, they
discover that St Peter is not a friendly, gun-tottin' old white man with a
long beard. Instead, St Peter is the much-persecuted water snake. Like it
says in the King James Bible, "Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord."

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