Ravenlost· Premium Member
Same here. We killed two water moccasins a week ago. One was in our front yard right next to hubby's lawn chair and it WASN'T trying to sneak quietly away. The other was in our bigger pond...a pond that people like to fish in and our dogs like to swim in and it came FOR us when hubby shot it.slkirky said:Well I seem to be middle of the road here... I will avoid a snake on the road, leave a snake, even a copperhead, alone in the woods... but if they are in the *yard* area... or the animals pens, I kill them. I never hurt a black snake, garter snake, etc. but I kill the copperheads that have been too close to the house and animals. I have 2 kids, and could never forgive myself if I let a copperhead live that was in the yard, and ended up biting my kid.
Killing for the sake of killing makes me sick.
On the other hand we've had king snakes, black racers and garter snakes in the yard and we admire them and move on. Well, I did run over one by accident on the riding lawn mower. Made me sick to have killed the poor thing.
We have killed Black Widow spiders on our porch and in our garage. Hubby killed the spider that bit him on the hand last Saturday. Right now we have a big garden spider (those black, white and yellow spiders) on a web right above the back door. Hubby pulled it's web down and put it in the yard because he didn't want to kill it. However, it was back above the door by that evening so now I just use the garage door and leave the spider alone.
If a stray dog comes up to my house I adopt it. If a rabid dog comes up to my house hubby will shoot it. It will make him sad to do so, but it has to be done.
We moved out to the country to ENJOY and RESPECT nature, but we didn't come out here to get bitten by poisonous snakes (we spent $180 on the dog's water moccasin bite earlier this summer) or spiders. We do everything we can to encourage the natural cycle of nature on our property. We don't allow deer, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, etc. hunting and we don't shoot crows, etc. Heck, I even stop and get turtles/terrapins out of the road!
We share what we have with the wildlife, but we have enough sense not to risk our health and welfare!!!