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Posted by Kerby... on May 01, 2003 at 10:55:25:
In Reply to: Snake bites-U.S.Military posted by CAL on April 29, 2003 at 16:28:40:
:)I'm not saying that the Army has never contracted out for snake removal, but when I was in the Infantry for 9 years it never happened nor have I heard it of ever happening. I spent time at Ft. Riley, KS; Ft. Benning, GA; Ft. Jackson, SC; and out here in Arizona teaching Army ROTC at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ with numerous FTXs to Ft. Huachuca, AZ and to a training site just south of Florence Junction. In all those cases (Riley, Benning, Jackson & Florence) it was the personnel with Range Control (who are in charge of the training areas) that did the snake removal. Never had I heard of it being contracted out. At those duty stations the OIC of the range would do a walk-through and remove snakes from the range, especially the ones that were in the pits. I've seen rattlesnakes, copperheads, cottonmouths, and coral snakes on those ranges as well as a lot of non-vens. In April of 1992 at the site just south of Florence Junction we had Army ROTC cadets from NAU, ERAU, ASU and UofA for the 3-day FTX and the rattlesnakes got so bad that I (CPT Ross at the time) was put in charge of removing the rattlesnakes as they were encounter plus doing a walk through in the morning. On the STRAC lanes I removed 23 WDBs during those 3 short days.
I think that getting info from the Armed Forces may not be that easy and IMO NOT ACCURATE.
Snake encounters on FTX were common and never reported.