Wisconsin De-Lists Butler’s Garter Snake

Last week, in a controversial but long-expected move, Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources removed the Butler’s Garter Snake from the state’s list of endangered and protected species, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports (mirror). The Board voted 7-0 to remove the garter snake, the Blanding’s Turtle and several other plant and animal species, while eight other animal species were added to the list. But the garter snake and turtle decisions are generating the most controversy.

Previously: Butler’s Garter Snake to Lose Protected Status in Wisconsin.