Massachusetts Stands With Science

Timber rattlesnake, photo courtesy of Brian Gratwicke
Timber rattlesnake, photo courtesy of Brian Gratwicke


Preserving biodiversity means protecting all native species, even those that might be considered unpopular.

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MDFW) has a long history of using the best available science to inform conservation and preserve wildlife. Recently, controversy over proposed efforts to protect timber rattlesnakes resulted in a proposed amendment to the Massachusetts state budget that would have hampered the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s ability to make independent conservation decisions. We asked the Conference Committee (who decided which amendments to keep) to remove this amendment.

The Conference Committee decided to let science drive conservation and removed this dangerous amendment!

There are many good reasons why this species should be preserved for future generations