Butler’s Garters an Obstacle to Hospital Construction

WAUKESHA (WI) — The potential presence of the Butler’s Garter Snake, protected in Wisconsin since 1997, may threaten the construction of a new acute care hospital, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports. Butler’s garters are not known to inhabit the 40-acre parcel of land in northeastern Waukesha slated for construction, but they inhabit adjacent areas. Hospital and state wildlife officials are working on a way to protect the snakes — possibly by setting aside the river and wetlands on the site — while still allowing construction to proceed. Older news on Butler’s Garter Snakes in Wisconsin can be found here, here and here.