....Faulting the officer for his actions is placing the blame on the resulting problem not the source. That snake never should have been there in the first place. I grew up 10 miles from where this happened and trust me a Boa could not survive the winters there its too cold. The truly reprehensible thing is that the person who owned this snake did not take adequate precautions to prevent its escape or let it loose instead of finding someone to take care of it. The officer reacted as he saw fit to protect the public.
actually by shooting at the snake he created a greater danger to the public......once he was there there was basically no danger to anyone.......bullet ricochets can and do kill
Honestly I think these large non-native snakes should have small electronic tracking tags put in them and the ownership of the snake registered to the person who bought it. I don't usually support these types of gov't regulations but if the hobby can not create responsible owners on its own then something to force responsible ownership is needed. You need a dog license to have a dog why shouldn't you need on for a large snake.
than the same should be required of any dog over bout 30 pounds.....i live in an area where rattlesnakes are moderately common.....im far more likely to be hurt or killed by a dog than one of the many rattlesnakes that are around....hell horses kill more ppl in the US than dogs and snakes combined
As for the wrong ID, well the chronicle is a newspaper not a biologists station and I pretty sure they don't have any snake experts on the staff.
as someone who actually runs two papers thats horse chit.......that is actually a huge mistake and would be a strike against a reporter on our staff.....why? cause its a mistake that was made cause the reporter refused to take the 30 seconds it would have required to check it out on Google......according to the story the reporter took the time to look up to see if this kind of thing was a problem.....it also says what size they can attain.....so they infact looked up burmese pythons but it didnt occur to them the two snakes look different? hell the wife makes me double check stuff the Montana Fish and Game tells us......if a reporter on our payroll did this kinda basic mistakes more than a few times they would be looking for a new job cause if they cant handle this they have no business trying to cover topics such as school board or county commissioner meetings