This is an interesting topic, and has stirred up a bit of controversy. Mass. wants to introduce timbers to an island in the Quabbin, where they will be relatively undisturbed by and inaccessible to people. It's an interesting idea, and has the locals running for their snake shot shells. A group of people started a petition on change.org to stop the project. The associated Facebook page was interesting at first, but quickly got out of control and the moderators have decided to ban everyone who comments in favor of snakes. They have no interest in learning anything about timber rattlesnakes. A counter-petition was generated, and the pro signatures have now exceeded the anti signatures. I expect the final outcome will have important implications for rattlesnake conservation everywhere. There have been many stories in the press.
Here's the state page on the project: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/df ... ation.html
Here's the pro-petition, please sign if it makes sense to you. This will give the MassWildlife people something to present as a counter-argument: https://www.change.org/p/tom-french-hel ... utm_source
And associated facebook page. I am not sure who is running the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Petition-to-He ... 2/?fref=ts
In the interest of democracy, here's the Anti petition: https://www.change.org/p/gov-charles-ba ... nd-project
And their (now very exclusive) Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Petition-to-St ... 291701303/