As the American population grows we push further into wild places and leave little room for wildlife that calls those places home. Human-wildlife conflicts become more common with animals usually losing when they wander into what is now our habitat.
Snakes in particular often get little mercy in these situations. Myths and misunderstanding passed down for generations have given many people an irrational fear of snakes, grossly out of proportion to the threat they pose. Some take advantage of this fear to slaughter these important predators and profit from their unethical and illegal activities.
Harmless watersnake, misidentified and slaughtered by Kentucky Snake Slayers.