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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-13-2019, 04:22 AM Thread Starter
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Rattlesnake Poacher Caught


OLD LYCOMING TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Cody Short of Trout Run was in district court near Williamsport answering to accusations that he illegally captured and sold rattlesnakes.

He was caught with 22 timber rattlesnakes and no venomous snake permit.

According to court papers, an undercover officer with the Fish and Boat Commission met with Short at his cabin in Trout Run last summer. There was a cage on the porch filled with timber rattlesnakes. There was also a trash can filled with the snakes.
Short offered to sell the officer 11 snakes for $900. He was later arrested.

Court papers state Short claimed to have 300 snakes.

Newswatch 16 spoke with Short after he gave up his right to a preliminary hearing. He took full responsibility for what he did and says he plans to plead guilty.

"For someone like me to take that many out of the wild is uncalled for," said Short.

Short told Newswatch 16 he captured the snakes to eat them for his upcoming 40th birthday.

"It was a lapse in my judgment. That's not something I would normally do. I would never sell snakes like that," Short said.
The rattlesnakes that Short had were released back into the wild by the Fish and Boat Commission.

Officers say it is legal to capture and kill one timber rattlesnake per season if you have a venomous snake permit.

"You starting taking 21, 22, 30-40 snakes from an area that can really have a detrimental impact on that natural resource that the Fish and Boat Commission is trying to manage," said Chad Lauer, Waterways Conservation Officer.

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I have my doubts that this is his first foray at snake selling.
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If he really did take 300 from his local area, that sounds like a lot. Maybe we need to reduce the population.
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Pa. man who illegally caught rattlers also charged in deer kill

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Yeah, it was a lapse in judgment, he would never do anything like that! What a crock. What does he call the illegal deer, an accident? I hope they lay the wood to him.

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Were the deer at a deer farm??

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That dude is a real skid stain.
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Great job by the boat and bobber guys!

Laps in judgement my Aunt Fannie's fanny.

I hope that whatever justice (right?) is handed out tho this JO that he is now a permanent push pin in the Usual Suspects map of law enforcement. Every thing that rates a LEO looking into - Cody gets a visit.

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Any idea how much $ he’s into for fines for the snakes? This sounds like this could get expensive real fast.
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That sounds kind of suspicious,, 300 snakes in one area. I've hunted rattlesnakes before and you have to go a long ways to capture one snake let alone 300.
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