West Virginia Man Charged For Stealing 17 Rattlesnakes From National Forest

WEST VIRGINIA (WOAY) – One man was charged for illegal possession of 17 rattlesnakes.

After receiving information regarding illegal rattlesnake possession, Corporal’s Smith and Ozalas conducted a joint investigation in Tucker and Randolph Counties. The information received suggested that an individual from Tucker County was catching snakes from the National Forest and then taking them to his residence in Randolph County.

Officers met the suspect at his residence and located a total of 17 rattlesnakes being kept there. The individual was ultimately charged with two counts of illegal possession of a timber rattlesnake, and possession of a rattlesnake less than 42 inches. The snakes were taken back to dens near where they were caught.

In the State of West Virginia, the possession limit on rattlesnakes is one and it must be 42 inches or greater in length.

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