Thread: jacking herps?
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Old 07-27-03, 12:30 PM   #29 (permalink)
Jeff Hathaway
Join Date: Mar-2003
Location: Orillia, ON
Age: 47
Posts: 460
Hey Chuck,

While I'm not dead set against collecting for personal use (and yes, I've done it) I generally feel that such collecting should be for a higher purpose than just as a pet. However, it's important to keep in mind that we have fewer herps here, in both species and numbers. Virtually all of our snakes are designated vulnerable, threatened, or endangered, as is our one lizard species, and almost all of our turtles. There aren't many species that haven't suffered series declines, as it doesn't take much to make them decline at the limit of their range. While a conservation officer may not charge a kid for collecting a painted turtle (not VTE but still protected), if he collected a hognose or a fox snake in the Parry Sound area it is not unlikely that there would be charges. At the minimum it would be confiscated.

Jeff Hathaway
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