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Patrick Durkin column: Littering causes unnecessary suffering

7:19 PM, Jun. 22, 2013
A few weeks after photographing this Eastern hognose snake in his backyard, Pat Durkin found it trapped in the web fencing that protects his raspberry patch from deer and rabbits.
A few weeks after photographing this Eastern hognose snake in his backyard, Pat Durkin found it trapped in the web fencing that protects his raspberry patch from deer and rabbits.
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While reading recently about a Florida Keys deer getting its head stuck inside a Doritos bag, and a Minnesota deer and a Pennsylvania black bear stumbling around with plastic jars over their heads, I tsk-tsk'd about jerks who cause such suffering by littering.

Then I recalled the misery I accidentally inflicted two summers ago on an Eastern hognose snake near our backyard raspberry patch. I had fenced off the patch with "wildlife netting" the previous winter to keep out hungry deer and rabbits. And because deer crave the new growth from raspberry plants in summer, I left the netting up.

While ...

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