07 August 2006

Glenn Grothman: expert on snakes too.

This week Glenn continues his fight to have the Butler gartersnake removed from the Wisconsin DNR's threatened species list. GM Today reported:

Since 1997, the 18-inch-long snake has been classified a threatened species, and that means its dwindling local habitat needs protection, say area conservationists including town of West Bend resident Gary Casper, a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee herpetologist and research associate for the Milwaukee Public Museum.

Signe Holtz, the Department of Natural Resource’s Bureau of Endangered Resources director, says the snake remains threatened, based on sound scientific research, and those restrictions should stay in place.

Bah, humbug, retorts Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) and Rep. Daniel LeMahieu (R-Oostburg), co-chairmen of the state Legislature’s Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules, which appears on the verge of striking the colorfully striped snake from southeast Wisconsin off the state’s threatened species list.

Glenn apparently believes it is more important for Living Word High School, a religious school in Jackson and "Home of the Timberwolves" to have an athletic field, than it is to keep habitat available for a threatened species. Apparently Glen supports protecting habitat for wolves ...

-- but not for the little guys.

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