Better to deal with mouse than rattlesnake any day

To the Editor:

I am writing this in regards to “Here’s one reason she’s happy to be living in the mountains” (Aug. 30 Times-News). Ms. Lease, I am well aware that we live in a mountain state. I am also well aware that this is where the animals and reptiles live. But it’s a different story when I am standing in my driveway, getting into my car (which is in the city, where you said, “People should move to the city where they won’t have to worry about nature’s wildlife”). I started to hear a loud hissing noise. I looked down, and by my foot was a snake with its head cocked and rattle shaking.

I am not sure if you have actually came in contact with a bear, coyote, or snake, but I for one know why concerned citizens are letting other residents know about it. Safety first!

I know that snakes take care of rodent and small animal populations, but I would rather deal with a mouse then a rattlesnake any day!

I also want to thank Tammy Murray and family for catching the snake and contacting DNR for relocating it back to the real mountains where it belongs.

Melissa Divelbliss

Cumberland

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