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Gilland: The Snake Tree (Part 2)
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(In last month’s column, Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland started a story about a snake in a tree in a city right of way. When she left off, Gilland had called a wildlife trapping company -- which didn’t handle snakes -- and naturalist Austin Jenkins, who suggested it was best to leave the snake alone.) Even though I was in agreement with two knowledgeable wildlife sources telling me to leave it be, I also knew it wasn’t just about the tree. It was about how to manage the interaction between the snake and the fear the neighbors had of it; the tree just happened to be in the middle.