Road construction to service development
in the Eastern Georgian Bay region.
Remote areas with ideal
massasauga habitat, and limited disturbance, still exist and harbour
rattlesnake populations that are presumably healthy. However, the
natural beauty of the Georgian Bay region has led to intense development
in some areas. Massasaugas in this region are affected by:
Habitat destruction and
fragmentation: Eastern Georgian Bay is the heart of southern Ontario’s
cottage country and a prime area for cottages, recreation, and
residential development. As development progresses into previously
undisturbed areas, the chance of these activities impacting on the
massasauga populations and other wildlife increases.
Construction and expansion
of roads are required to service development and may account for snake
deaths during and after
construction. Activities that are part of road building, such as rock
quarries, blasting, clearing of vegetation and soils, and filling of
lowland areas may impact on massasaugas. Deaths may occur
directly or indirectly by the destruction of significant habitats.
Collection of snakes for
the pet trade occurs, though it is illegal and potentially dangerous.
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