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Posted by erik loza on April 22, 2003 at 20:09:04:
In Reply to: Looking for Ethical Herpers in N. Central California posted by herpmaineiac on April 22, 2003 at 17:06:50:
:Are there any ethical herpers in N. California and by that I mean, no poachers, no illegal propogation of protected species, no illegal swapping of California species for species from other states? No lying about your finds to the rest of your herp party, no selling out others herp spots.
:I've met a couple herpers lately that fit the bill but I wonder if DFG really has a clue what is going on in the herp community and with only 300 patrolling wardens if there is anything they can do about it.
No, there are no ethical herpers in northern California. We are all poachers here, spend many hours afield searching for the most highly protected species to breed and trade to our buddies from other states who do the same thing, and cannot be confided in for any amount of truth in natural history observation. Oddly enough, the only people who ever seem to comment on this are those who would like to bag up everything they see, wish they could catch something their buddy from another state would want to trade them for, or ask one one of us precisely which rock the zonata will be under. Hmmm...