Butler’s Garter Snake to Lose Protected Status in Wisconsin

“The Butler’s garter snake is among 16 birds, plants and other animals recommended for removal from the list of endangered or threatened species” by Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources, the Capital Times reports. The Butler’s Garter Snake’s presence on prime development land has been a thorn in the side of real estate developers in Wisconsin for years; in 2006 Republican legislators tried to have it removed from the list, but that attempt was later called off. The DNR now says the population is stable and abundant enough for the snake to be de-listed, but not everyone agrees.