Humans to blame for New Brunswick snake tragedy

Editor: I want to thank Jennifer Houseman (The Times, Aug. 8) for reminding us that it is indeed humans’ fault for our encounters with native wildlife.

Moreover, I find it appalling that the common solution is to kill the wildlife, as in the recent case of the python who escaped from its glass enclosure above the pet store in New Brunswick and unfortunately killed two boys in the apartment on the same floor.

As tragic as it may be, it was not the python’s fault for doing what it did naturally — killing for food because it was hungry. Experts have now determined that the python killed out of hunger by its usual method of squeezing its prey to death.

In fact, the problem began when someone decided to keep it in captivity — that was the first human mistake.

It was also another human mistake for allowing it to escape.

Humans’ lame solution is to kill whatever seems to be in their way, an action rather unbecoming of our species in the 21st century.

What purpose does it serve to kill this python except for revenge, another abhorrent trait only exhibited by humans?

Patricia Tallman,


Langley Times